A neurosurgical team has successfully performed what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind brain surgery on a Northern fur seal named Ziggy Star in an attempt to address her worsening neurologic condition. Ziggy, an adult female, is recovering well at her permanent home at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn.
For years, people have sought to stop the loss of coral reefs by transplanting corals grown in underwater 'nurseries' to damaged reefs, but little work had been done to evaluate how effective such efforts were. A new study, however, suggests those projects have a positive impact on local fish populations, both in the short term and over time.
Birds' songs and the ways they vary between places have been well studied -- but what can the simpler vocalizations known as calls tell us about bird biology? A new study provides the first detailed description of how Marsh Wren calls vary across eastern North America and hints at the evolutionary processes playing out between wren subspecies.