Mysterious White-Nose Syndrome Still Killing Bats

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As winter approaches and millions of North American bats settle into caves to hibernate, experts fear that many will die before spring from the still-mysterious white-nose syndrome. The disease was first identified in New York in 2006, according to Discovery News. Since then it has only spread, and some experts warn it could advance as far as Indiana.

No one is sure exactly how white-nose syndrome works or where it came from, but apparently the “white nose” results from a fungus that infects the bats while they hibernate. Researchers are trying to figure out how white-nose syndrome spreads, why it kills the bats, and how it can be prevented before bats become entirely extinct.

Not a bat fan? Consider this: Bats eat about 600 insects a night. (And you thought your potato-chip binge was bad!) That means the fewer bats there are, the more bugs. And that’s sure to bug even the biggest bat-hater.

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Mysterious Creature Found

This creature puts me in mind of characters from the movie The Dark Crystal.

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Found by Russian soldiers on Sakhalin shoreline, near to Japan,.According to the bones and teeth – it is not a fish. The skeleton is not that of a crocodile or alligator. It has a skin with hair or fur.
It has been said that it was taken by Russian special services for in-depth studies, never resurfacing again. Fortunately, the people who encountered it first took photos before it was taken away.

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I have read enough articles on this find, that I fully believe this to be creditable. What it is, I have no idea, but there is no doubt in my mind that it is somethng real.

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