September roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month
Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in September 2017:
Slow eyes make for fast flies
Scientists have discovered why flies are so difficult to swat, and it has to do with them seeing in slow motion.
What’s rare, white and tall all over?
While herding animals, a Kenyan man came across extremely rare white giraffes.
Cave-dwelling fish turn a blind eye to diabetes-like symptoms
Eyeless fish inhabiting Mexican caves live with diabetes-like symptoms as a result of extreme nutrient-to-energy conversion strategies.
A hike a day keeps the doctor away
More doctors have been prescribing walks through parks to patients suffering from both physical and mental health problems.
World’s fastest sharks quickly dying out
Using satellite tracking, researchers have discovered that shortfin mako shark death rates from fishing are 10 times higher than actually reported by fisherman.
A shocking discovery
To measure the amount of electricity an electric eel produces, a brave biologist had one shock his own arm.
Painting with genes
Butterfly researchers in the U.S. claim to have figured out the initial stages of a gene-editing technique that may enable them to design living butterfly wings.
This means war
Many Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfish species with a painful and potentially lethal sting, have been appearing on beaches in England.
China’s fireflies may face extinction due to overharvesting by humans for special occasions.
Endangered “snow” more
The snow leopard has gone from being classified as endangered to vulnerable — an improvement of its conservation status.