The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

A seal in the Northumberland Strait (Photo by Sean Landsman)

A seal in the Northumberland Strait (Photo by Sean Landsman)

March 4, 2016 | by Raechel Bonomo | 0 Comments

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of February 29, 2016:

A homecoming 40 years in the making

Rock Bay is finally getting a seal of approval from marine life. The four-decade-long project to remove toxic sediment from one of the most contaminated bodies of water in Canada is almost complete. The harbour is now cleaner than it has been in 50 years.

Welcome home species here >>

The Great Barrier Reef is in hot water

Due to the current El Nino, one of the strongest in 20 years, water temperatures are reaching to historic highs. Permanent damage of the reef is occurring through coral bleaching, where coral expels living algae; causing the coral to calcify and whiten.

Here’s what scientists are calling the worst bleaching in 15 years >

False killer whale + 10-year-old boy = best friends forever

Lucas Nielsen has made a forever friend in Chester the false killer whale. This unlikely friendship between boy and whale gradually formed over the course of the boy’s frequent visits to Chester’s home at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Read about the duo here >

Your phone just got smarter

Islanders will soon be able to track wildlife and plants with a click of their smartphones. The PEI Nature Tracker app allows users to record details by entering notes and submitting photos of species observed or evidence of a species such as tracks, leftover food and even scat.

Read more about the app here >

Prehistoric intruder alert!

A new study suggests the tyrannosaurus rex was likely an invasive species. Many experts once considered the giant dinosaur to be a North American native but new research reveals the species crossed over from a land bridge connected from Asia.

Learn more about this ancient ancestry >

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Raechel Bonomo is the editorial coordinator at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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