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Two 'extinct' snakes spotted swimming off Australia's coast

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 Cinnamon    21,937

Scientists feared the last of Australia's short-nosed sea snakes died about 15 years ago, which makes this new sighting doubly auspicious: A wildlife official snapped a photo of not one but two of the snakes swimming off the western coast—and they were making googly eyes at each other.

"What is even more exciting is that they were courting, suggesting that they are members of a breeding population," says researcher Blanche D'Anastasi of James Cook University in a press release.

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http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/12/23/two-extinct-snakes-spotted-swimming-off-australias-coast.html?intcmp=hpbt4

It's always nice to find out that something isn't extinct.

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 Groove    1,836

Love these stories. Always great to hear that an animal is not extinct and just hiding out. Like the one a few years back in China where they spotted a small deer they thought had been extinct for 50 or so years. 

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 Cinnamon    21,937
58 minutes ago, Groove said:

Love these stories. Always great to hear that an animal is not extinct and just hiding out. Like the one a few years back in China where they spotted a small deer they thought had been extinct for 50 or so years. 

I remember that! And they are constantly making new species discoveries. We don't even know what's here on earth and in our oceans!

Check this out 100 new species:

http://ww2.kqed.org/science/2015/06/16/100-new-marine-species-discovered-in-mysterious-twilight-zone/

Awesome pics too!

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 Lucy Barnable    4,766

Nice!
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Tree lobster thought extinct for 80 years found alive on tiny island

The tree lobster was thought to have been wiped out from its natural habitat of Lord Howe Island, situated in the South Pacific off Australia. That extinction occurred some 80 years ago when we introduced black rats to the island. They proceeded to eat all the tree lobsters and wipe them out.

However, a tiny island called Ball’s Pyramid is located 13 miles away from Lord Howe Island and was found to house a small colony of the insects. Just 24 in fact. That’s the entire population in the world.

Scientists set about attempting to breed them in captivity to bolster numbers by removing just four (two male/female pairs) from the tiny island. Two died soon after, and the female from the remaining pair almost did, too. But the quick thinking of Melbourne Zoo invertebrate conservation breeding group biologist Patrick Honan saved her life as he formulated a calcium nectar mix she could survive on.

http://www.geek.com/geek-cetera/tree-lobster-thought-extinct-for-80-years-found-alive-on-tiny-island-1472019/

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