Monday, February 29, 2016

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Dead Whale Found On Beach In Sharjah, United Arab Emirates?! [VIDEOS]

The remains of a decomposing whale wash up at Kalba beach in Sharjah. © Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority

February 29, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Dead whale found on beach in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The dead body of a 15-metre long whale has washed up on the beach of Al Qarm near Kalba in the emirate of Sharjah, the Arabic newspaper Al Bayan has reported.

The carcass of the whale was 6 feet high.

The Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority and the municipality of Kalba began dealing with carcass of the whale.

Witnesses said the whale was afloat since yesterday in the Gulf waters.

The Kalba Municipality provided the machines and equipment to drag the whale's body and bury it.

Environmental workers buried the remains of the whale that washed up on the beach.

The animal was buried due to foul smell. The animal is believed to have been decomposing for the past four days.

The Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority sent samples of the animal to laboratories to determine its species.

"Part of the whale's tail is missing which makes us suspect that the whale died due to collision with a ship," an environment worker told the UAE media. - Emirates 247.

Wild wolf caught on camera for first time in Sweden

An elusive wild wolf roaming around Sweden has been caught on camera for the first time ever in the Scandinavian country.

Recorded in the rural village of Lonsboda, it's rare for such sightings at all, let alone capturing it on video.

The estimated population of Swedish wild wolves stands at just over 400, according to Sweden's Environmental Protection Agency, but local authorities wanted to pin down how many were roaming the lands of the Skane region, so they set up a number of hidden cameras.

"We have also secured droppings from the wolf, which we have sent for analysis," said Skåne's wildlife officer Nils Carlsson told The Local. "Soon we shall know the wolf's gender and where it comes from."

WATCH: Wild wolf in Sweden.

This sighting comes only two weeks after two young lynx were caught on camera roaming the woods of Blekinge in southern Sweden, and is also seen as further proof of an increase in carnivorous animals across the continent.

These two wild cats were also captured on hidden cameras set up by authorities.

Although considered near-extinct in the 1970s, and now protected under European law, Swedish authorities try to maintain a set number of such wolves across the state through regulated hunting.

In December 2015, a Swedish court ruled that a total of 14 wolves could be killed from January 2 to February 15, 2016, while the Supreme Administrative Court finally settles the legalities of such a hunt.

A total of 46 were initially sought to be killed. - RT.

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