Extinction

Great news! Unrestricted oil exploration can start in 15 years – or sooner?

New research suggests New Zealand’s Maui’s dolphins – the smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world – could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up.

According to new estimates just 43-47 individuals, including about 10 mature females, are left.

The study is being presented at a meeting of the scientific committee of the International

“These new figures are a loud wakeup call: New Zealand has to abandons its current stance, which places the interests of the fishing industry above biodiversity conservation, and finally protect the dolphins’ habitat from harmful fishing nets, seismic airgun blasts and oil and gas extraction,” said Dr Barbara Maas, Nabu’s head of endangered species conservation.

Unless this happened, Dr Maas said the dolphin’s extinction was ”a matter of when, not if”.

I have a better plan.   Instead of trying to save a genetic aberation from certain extinction, let’s just leave them to it.   If they make it, fine.  If they don’t we have some oil exploration to get on with.   Read more »

What’s the matter media, can’t you say Maori?

Look at these headlines and articles from yesterday:

Fairfax headline

Fairfax headline

NZ Herald headline

NZ Herald headline

Both articles then explain the situation. First up the NZ Herald:

Even small human populations can wipe out big animal species, according to local researchers who suggest moa extinction was rapid.

Researchers from the University of Canterbury and University of Otago contributed to the new findings, which appeared in the journal Nature Communications.

Professor Richard Holdaway from Canterbury and Otago’s Chris Jacomb said early Polynesians who caused moa extinction in little more than a century had amongst the lowest human population densities on record.

They found that during the peak period of moa hunting, there were fewer than 1500 Polynesian settlers in New Zealand, or about 1 person per 100 square km. New Zealand’s population density today is 17 per square km.

The researchers started with the latest estimate for a founding population of about 400 people, including 170-230 women. They then applied population growth rates in the range achieved by past and present populations and modelled the human population size through the moa hunter period and beyond.

Prof Holdaway and Mr Jacomb said when moa and seals were still available, the better diet likely fuelled higher population growth.

But the moa’s total extinction most probably occurred within a decade either side of 1425. This was barely a century after East Polynesians settled the earliest well-dated site, at Wairau Bar near Blenheim.

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The essential problem with Green (and left) messages

Check this out

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How does that pass your BS detector?   Not only do these people want you to believe that half of all the earth’s species have become extinct since 1970, they also use an image of a lion – an animal we all know has been extinct for some time.

Why do they do this?

Why is it that the left completely oversell their messages?  It’s simply not effective.  They lost an election because of it too.  Nobody believed the extremes that they were selling to every day New Zealanders.

The question is:   Do they oversell on purpose, or have they started to believe their own doomsday scenarios?

Let’s say this is even true.  Is it bad?  It sounds bad…  but is it? Read more »

Things must be getting desperate in Hutt South, Mallard is still musing about Moas

You have to give Trevor Mallard some credit…when he latches onto a cunning stunt he really gives it his all.

Last election he wasted 6 months training his heart out to beat a fat lazy blogger in race around the streets of East Auckland, in a sport that consumes his every waking moment in between stints at his part time job in parliament as an MP.

He lacked the courage to have a crack at a sport of my choosing…boxing or Sporting Clays…he took the easy win and then shut up.

This time his brilliant campaign strategy is to repeatedly and vociferously advocate for the resurrection of a long dead bird…and I’m not talking about his political career here…rather he wants to investigate in saving and extinct bird, the moa.

Trevor Mallard just can’t let go of his fascination with resurrecting the moa.

Yesterday Inglewood, a town long associated with the extinct flightless bird, came to the attention of the Labour MP.

He was in Taranaki yesterday to talk about sport and recreation, but was fascinated to learn Inglewood was briefly known as Moatown in the mid-1870s.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Mark Moffett Big appetite: A scientist from America found the heaviest ever recorded giant weta on New Zealand's Little Barrier Island and fed her this carrot out of his hand.

Photo: Mark Moffett
Big appetite: A scientist from America found the heaviest ever recorded giant weta on New Zealand’s Little Barrier Island and fed her this carrot out of his hand.

World’s biggest insect is so huge it eats carrots

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Giant drum sticks for everyone

The other day I read something so ridiculous that I asked myself how is it that someone like this is actually taken seriously as a Politician?

US congressional candidate Tim Murray claimed that he was beaten by  a ROBOT that was made to look like Frank D. Lucas, the Republican nominee for an Oklahoma congressional election that he says  has been dead for three years.

A Politician who believes that the man who beat him is an imposter Robot? Thank God we have nothing quite so bizarre in New Zealand……oh wait.

I read today of Trevor Mallard’s grand plan that will appeal both to the Green environmental vote, the Labour vote and to those who have always wanted bigger drumsticks at KFC. It is a plan to renew interest in Rimutaka Forest Park and Wainuiomata.

It will be a boost to tourism and will therefore boost the local economy with new jobs except for one minor flaw. Can you spot it?

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Extinct animal still alive

Via Twitter:

nzherald @nzherald

An animal believed to have been extinct for four million years has been found near Picton ow.ly/xpnMD pic.twitter.com/j6eIy9JyZv

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Can’t blame this on the whitey, but they’ll try

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New evidence suggests, conclusively, that Maori slaughtered the moa to extinction, in stark contrast to the modern myth that they were the original conservationists.

For millions of years, nine species of large, flightless birds known as moas (Dinornithiformes) thrived in New Zealand. Then, about 600 years ago, they abruptly went extinct. Their die-off coincided with the arrival of the first humans on the islands in the late 13th century, and scientists have long wondered what role hunting by Homo sapiens played in the moas’ decline. Did we alone drive the giant birds over the brink, or were they already on their way out thanks to disease and volcanic eruptions? Now, a new genetic study of moa fossils points to humankind as the sole perpetrator of the birds’ extinction. The study adds to an ongoing debate about whether past peoples lived and hunted animals in a sustainable manner or were largely to blame for the extermination of numerous species.

“The paper presents a very convincing case of extinction due to humans,” says Carles Lalueza-Fox, an evolutionary biologist at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, Spain, who was not involved in the research. “It’s not because of a long, natural decline.”

When they say humankind they are avoiding upsetting the real culprits, the tangata whenua.

Archaeologists know that the Polynesians who first settled New Zealand ate moas of all ages, as well as the birds’ eggs. With moa species ranging in size from 12 to 250 kilograms, the birds—which had never seen a terrestrial mammal before people arrived—offered sizable meals. “You see heaps and heaps of the birds’ bones in archaeological sites,” Allentoft says. “If you hunt animals at all their life stages, they will never have a chance.”  Read more »