Maltese Banter on anything Environmentally or Culturally interesting!

Is elephant conservation backfiring?

African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are the largest living terrestrial animals in the world, located in dense forests, miombo woodlands and deserts across Eastern, Western and Southern Africa. This animal has been historically poached for the ivory trade, decimating numbers that once swelled to over a million to a few thousands…

Unlikely BFFs!

Given the fact that we do not have squirrels in Malta, I always stop and admire them scurrying along parks. However, the grey squirrel has a much deeper and sinister agenda than its cute and fuzzy exterior lets on...   The Eursian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is species of tree…

Shell Shocked?

Do you remember that famous scene in the Little Mermaid where Chef Louis almost manages to stew Sebastian (the Crab) alive? As a child, I have many fond memories of several animated Disney classics. There are certain scenes in these films that I remember quite well, particularly the famous scene…

McSustainability

Now you can enjoy your Filet-O-Fish knowing fisheries are still being safeguarded Over the past few decades, there has been increased awareness about the proper management of fishery stocks and their sustainable use for future generations. Such a change in our approach to fishery stock is possibility attributed to the…

Eight-Legged Copycat?

We all know that octopi can be quite intelligent animals, but as with any other taxa, some species tend to stand out....behold the mimic octopus! Camouflage is a well-known defensive mechanism exhibited by numerous several different organisms. However, there is one master of disguise that takes this adaption to a…

Whale Fall

A post looking at whale falls, inspired by the first episode of a BBC Nature Documentary  series entitled "The Blue Planet", narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest known animal to have ever existed, this being very understandable with an average 30 meters in…
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