5 Gross and Amazing Ways Animals Deliver Sperm

National Geographic News

In some deep-sea anglerfish species, like the needlebeard seadevil, the tiny male bites into the female, who is often 10 times his size, and soon begins to disintegrate, melting and fusing into her until he's nothing but testes--a sperm supply she'll use to fertilize her eggs.

More Than 6,000 Manatees Spotted in Florida--A Record

National Geographic News

According to Valade, the recent increase in the manatee's population is largely due to decades of conservation efforts by several governments and organizations. "We believe that the Florida manatee population will persist into the future," Valade said.

Yellowstone's Grizzly Bears Should Not Be Hunted

National Geographic News

This downgrading is premature, allege independent scientists, a diverse array of conservation organizations, and Native American tribes. What's even worse is the government's plan to restart trophy sport hunting of grizzlies is a bad one.

'Our Ocean, One Future': WCS Pledges Millions to Marine Protected Areas

U.S. News

Countries will need technical assistance and funding to reach these goals. If we work together, we can achieve them. That is why today, WCS, the Waitt Foundation and blue moon fund will together commit a minimum of 15 million to the WCS Marine Protected Area Fund, which will support marine protected area expansion and creation efforts in countries where WCS works. The Global Environment Fund will commit an additional 33 million to projects that expand or improve the effectiveness of marine protected areas in line with countries' commitment to their 2020 targets.

Dried Seahorses Seized--All Eight Million

National Geographic News

There are more than 40 species of seahorses, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Pacific seahorses, the targets in this latest bust, are the largest, growing up to 12 inches. They're found in tropical and temperate waters from California's San Diego down to Peru, where it's illegal to fish for them. Eleven seahorse species are considered vulnerable or endangered and all are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the body that regulates the commercial wildlife trade.