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Extinct since 1920? NOT!

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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.








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!

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Lots are against taking animals from the wild and I see their point but taking some from the wild is the only way that endangered animals will be saved .


I was recently watching Anthony Bourdain in Madagascar and much of the wildlife is running out of wild areas so either captive breeding or they will be gone .

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