The very rare cephalopod sighted in Australia



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The very rare cephalopod sighted in Australia

Incredible but true what happened in Australia in the last days. The Magnapinna, an extremely rare cephalopod, was in fact sighted by a team of experts three years aho, but they shered the video only some days ago. The times in which it has been sighted, in the world, I know very few.

However, the announcement has recently arrived that it has been spotted for the first time in the waters surrounding Australia. A study by Osterhage describes its behavior, and for the first time he shares some videos shot in 2017 about this mysterious cephalopod of the ocean floor.

Bad news for the Snow Leopard

As we told some days ago, in 2070 Snow Leopard will no longer have a habitat. The species in the last twenty years has seen its population decrease by 20% due to climate changes that have affected the already fragile Himalayan mountain habitats, while it seems definitely disappeared in Central Asia: a total of 4 thousand individuals are stll alive.

WWF launched wants the protection of this species, classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, threatened by the loss of its habitat and by poaching. Global warming is the greatness threat: a recent study by Berkeley University explained that by 2070 only one third of the feline's range could resist.

Snow Leopard: in 2070 it will no longer have a habitat Increasingly warm temperatures cause, in fact, the rise of the upper limit of the forests, putting at risk the open habitats of the high mountains, the hunting kingdom of the snow leopard.

The research suggests a decline in the predator's population of 82% in Nepal and 85% in Bhutan in the coming decades. For the survival of this species, therefore, actions at a global level are needed, to conserve the delicate mountain habitats that allow life and also provide water to hundreds of millions of people throughout Asia.

Leader of WWF's global snow leopard conservation program explained: " when I was little I hid behind the huge tree by the pond and looked at the clock, hoping that one day the thirsty leopard would appear again to drink from the pond.

But it never came. In 2010, during my gap year, I met a team of scientists who were studying snow leopards. I was asked to work on the conservation of the snow leopard in the Himalayas. For me it was an opportunity to get to know the animal that as a child had stimulated my imagination so much."