The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week
Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of August 24, 2020:
A tiny package that packs a punch
Scientists have learned how the mantis shrimp — which can strike with their claws at 23 metres per second — can do so without damaging their fists.
Peek at the future by looking into the past
A fossilized leaf sheds light on how plants adapted to rising carbon dioxide levels some 23 million years ago.
A prehistoric last supper
A fossil of a 4.5-metre-long ichthyosaur showed that the dinosaur tried to swallow a smaller, four-metre-long thalattosaur, which may have led to its demise.
No job is too big for Puffin and Petrel Patrol
Step aside, Paw Patrol. The Puffin and Petrel Patrol in Witless Bay, Newfoundland, is the real deal when it comes to rescuing wildlife — with over 212 pufflings rescued in August.
Fresh faces in conservation
Conservationists believe that getting people to care about charisma-challenged species starts with a story.