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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.

 

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http://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/02/24/147367644/six-legged-giant-finds-secret-hideaway-hides-for-80-years

 

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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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