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What Killed Orca Victoria? Some Point To Naval Tests

The U.S. Navy is in the process of renewing its permits to conduct sonar and explosive tests off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. But the recent unexplained death of a young orca who washed ashore in February has thrown a wrench in the process. Experts say injuries to the whale may indicate she was exposed to an underwater explosion or sonar testing.
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Dead Zones Reversible, Virginia Biologist Says

A marine biologist in Virginia has been studying dead zones — areas in bodies of water that are devoid of oxygen. He says the danger they bring to U.S. fisheries is real, but they are still reversible.

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Ape Apps: Orangutans Learn With iPads At Miami Zoo

People are not the only ones picking up on current trends in technology. The six orangutans at the Jungle Island zoological park in Miami have been using iPads to play games and learn about vocabulary. Orangutan caregiver Linda Jacobs describes how the process works and which orangutans are doing particularly well.
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National Zoo Welcomes Asian Small-Clawed Otters

The National Zoo is hosting a housewarming event today for a family of Asian small-clawed otters.

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Rare Calico Lobster Turns Heads, And Escapes Dinner Menu

A calico lobster that had been living in obscurity off the coast of Maine has now been catapulted into a sort of celebrity, thanks to its rare coloring: a calico mix of orange and yellow spots. Researchers say it could be a 1 in 30 million specimen.
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Horse Racing: America's Most Dangerous Game?

Two reporters for The New York Times detail their monthslong investigation of America's racetracks. Since 2009, more than 6,600 horses have broken down or showed signs of injury at U.S. racetracks, a rate much higher than in other countries.

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