August roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

Great white shark (Photo by Terry Goss/Wikimedia Commons)

Great white shark (Photo by Terry Goss/Wikimedia Commons)

August 31, 2017 | by Adam Hunter

Doing the right thing for right whales

The Government of Canada has issued a short-term, compulsory slowdown of ships measuring 20 metres or longer, in order to prevent North Atlantic right whale deaths in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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Chained to the rhythm

Learn about the sea salp, a jellyfish-like animal that forms chains with other sea salps, swimming in sync when facing predators or powerful currents and waves.

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The bats and the bees

Using a high-tech scientific tool, a Halifax scientist hopes to successfully gather superbug-fighting antibiotics from colonies of bats and honeybees.

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Join the club

Scorpion specialists have discovered three new species of club-tailed scorpions in tropical areas of the Americas.

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Great white sharks in the Great White North

Great white sharks have recently appeared off the coast of Nova Scotia, an occurrence that may provide scientists with an opportunity to learn more about the predators’ mating habits.

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Turn off the lights for pollination

Scientists have recently discovered that artificial lighting at night significantly decreases how often nocturnal pollinators visit flowers.

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Bursting bugs

Exploding caterpillars — a phenomenon caused by a parasitic virus — have been discovered in the UK.

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Elephant poopsicles

In order to measure stress-hormone levels in Asian elephants, researchers in India have been collecting, freeze-drying and analyzing elephant dung samples.

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Spider sailors

According to a recent study, trapdoor spider ancestors may have drifted across the Indian Ocean, from Africa to Australia.

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There’s a grass snake in the grass

Researchers have come across a new grass snake species in the UK.

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Adam Hunter was the editorial coordinator at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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