Two species thought to be extinct re-discovered + Dolphins get high on purpose

first_imgToday marks 100 years since the Grand Canyon was designated as a national park. To celebrate, the park will host special events and programs at the park and throughout Arizona during the centennial year. Although afforded federal protection in 1893, the Grand Canyon did not achieve national park status until 1919, three years after the formation of the National Park Service. The Grand Canyon National Park Act, which officially made the Grand Canyon a national park, was signed by President Woodrow Wilson and considered an early success of the conservation movement. Today the Grand Canyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and welcomes more than 6 million domestic and international tourists a year. Grand Canyon National Park Turns 100 Elephants get drunk on overripe fruit, horses eat hallucinogenic weeds, and now, it appears, dolphins may get high off of pufferfish. Footage from a new BBC documentary, “Spy in the Pod,” reveals dolphins purposely coming into contact with toxic pufferfish, which release a potent defensive chemical when threatened. In small doses, the toxin appears to put the dolphins into a trance-like state. The dolphins were filmed playfully passing the toxic pufferfish between them for 20 or 30 minutes and at one point were observed floating just beneath the surface of the water, apparently mesmerized by their own reflections. A zoologist with the film said that the dolphins’ handling of the pufferfish implied that it was not their first time interacting with the fish in this way. Another species feared extinct, the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was also discovered last week on a remote Galapagos Island. The species had not been seen in more than 110 years when scientists found a single female tortoise, believed to be more than a century old. Scientists think there may be more living Fernandina Giant Tortoises on the island due to tracks and scat they found. The tortoise was taken to a breeding center for giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos. Cue Beyoncé’s “All the Single Ladies.” A single female Wallace’s giant bee, feared extinct for 38 years, was discovered on the Indonesian island of the North Moluccas last week. The world’s largest bee, four times the size of a honeybee, was found living inside a termite’s nest in a tree. The bee’s habitat is threatened by deforestation, and its size makes it a target for collectors. Two species, both thought to be extinct, recently re-discovered in Indonesia and Ecuador Dolphins may use toxic pufferfish to get highlast_img read more

F-M bowlers battle West Genesee, B’ville, Liverpool

first_imgFour different area high school bowling teams made their way back into competition after two weeks of rest and practice during the holiday school break.Fayetteville-Manlius got the first action last week, and the girls Hornets handled West Genesee 3-0 in last Monday’s match at Green Lakes Bowl.It was particularly special for Shelby Miner. Starting with a 192, Miner tore it up with games of 250 and 240 to earn a season-best 682 series.Help came from Samantha Estock, whose 213 game completed a 527 series, and Kendra Elliot, who posted a 513 set as Hannah Smith earned a 467 series.F-M’s boys lost, 2-1, to West Genesee. Kevin Winschel shot a 627 series (high game 248) and Aidan Koss got a 616 set. The Wildcats got twin 604 series from Richard Wituszynski and Bobby Bidwell.Three days later, the Hornets went up against Baldwinsville at B’ville Sports Bowl. Five F-M boys bowlers shot series of 529 or better, but no one topped the 587 set from Koss as the Bees, who won 3-0, got a 695 series from Tanner Rozcyzko, plus solid series from Dylan Love (611) and Dylan Williams (605).On the girls side, Elliot shot 225, 191 and 193 in her 609 series, with Miner (470 series) beating out Smith (461 series). But the Bees still beat F-M 3-0, with Madison Hass shooting a 257 as part of a 646 series.Then F-M challenged Liverpool on Friday, but was unable to earn a point in either match against the Warriors despite some fine individual efforts.The boys Hornets had Winschel shoot a 627 series and Koss a 594 series against Liverpool, who saw Dylan Roberson shoot a 276 game in his 662 series as Josh Winzens had a 620 set.In the girls 3-0 loss, Miner shot a 545 series ahead of Estock (499 series) and Elliot (495 series), topped by the 619 set from Liverpool’s Ashley Hardy and 577 series from Makenzi Ormsby.East Syracuse Minoa ran up against Fulton last Wednesday, with the boys Spartans earning a big 2-1 victory over the Red Raiders.Tyler Talarico shot 10 strikes in his opening 288 game on his way to a 676 series. Brett Smith earned a 601 series, with Chris Bayly adding a 560 set as ESM overcame a 717 series from Fulton’s Mitch Donaldson.On the girls side, ESM fell to Fulton 3-0, with America Carhart’s 501 series by far the best among the Spartans. Alexis Ingersoll once more led the undefeated (8-0) Red Raiders, her 227 game leading to a 578 set.Up against Central Square on Thursday, ESM took a 3-0 loss, with Talarico getting a 637 series at Green Acres Bowl and Bayly adding a 567 series.Central Square’s Dimitri Queior earned a 709 series with games of 247, 226 and 236, helped by Jayden Allen (643 series) and Kevin Radzieski, whose 268 game kicked off a 604 series.Once again, the girls Spartans were unable to get a point during its 3-0 defeat to Central Square, though Carhart, helped by a 235 second game, improved to a 596 series, ahead of the 548 set by the Redhawks’ Victoria Ackley.There was a head-to-head clash last Tuesday at Strike-N-Spare Lanes between Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Grimes, with the two sides splitting their matches.On the boys end, it was the Cobras blanking the Brothers 7-0, Grimes led by Joe Belton’s 499 series as Ben Schultz earned a 471 series. CBA got a 450 series from Garrett Bowman.CBA’s girls beat Grimes 7-0 to improve to 6-1 on the season as Eliana Occhino led the way, her 225 game in the middle of a 578 series. Cadence Malicek earned a three-game total of 502, just ahead of Rachel Farella’s 487 series.Staying in good form on Thursday, CBA’s girls handled Solvay 7-0, with Malicek’s 497 series capped by a 206 game. Sophie Schultz had a 449 series and Farella added a 419 set.But the CBA boys lost to Solvay by that same score, Tavish Johnston earning a 444 series for the Brothers, but far behind the Bearcats’ Russ Tarbell (575 series) and Ethan Bigelow (574 series) as Solvay improved to 6-0.Grimes’ boys swept Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 7-0 on Thursday, led this time by Schultz, whose 207 came in the middle of a 546 series. On Friday, both Grimes teams lost 7-0 to Homer and CBA fell 4-3 to APW.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Bishop GrimesbowlingCBAESMF-Mlast_img read more