Soothing Shrimp Posted January 19, 2016 Report Share Posted January 19, 2016 This isn't an aquatic story, but it does have to do with an invertebrate. On a remote island, the world's heaviest flightless insect was thought extinct since 1920. Then in 2001, a team of four scientists found the world's population of only 24 of them living on the island, up a cliff, on a single Melaleuca bush peeping out from a crack. They had been living/breeding on just this one scraggly bush for 80 years. This is a fascinating read on the trials and errors of using captive breeding to bring them back from the verge of extinction. http://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/02/24/147367644/six-legged-giant-finds-secret-hideaway-hides-for-80-years ---- Now if only we could convince govts to do this with underwater inverts in danger of extinction! Captive breeding from hobbyists may be the only hope left! colorfan, Shrimpmaster, jem_xxiii and 4 others 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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