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TAIPEI - Taiwan is setting up its first marine wildlife sanctuary, in a bid to protect its dwindling population of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, officials said Monday. Credit: Flickr: GregTheBusker Local conservation groups say the dolphin numbers have halved to around 60 in the past decade, due to pollution, industrial development, and destruction of habitat. "Indo-Pacific dolphin population is a key index to measure the health of the maritime environment," said Tsai Chia-yang, the head of the Chuanghua Environmental Protection Union. The Council of Agriculture confirmed it will establish a vast 76,300 hectare (188,461 acres) sanctuary off the west coast of the country. "We're happy...

Daily GIFs: April 2, 2014

Getting through the day can be tough, but you know what makes it easier? Adorable GIFs. Check out these furry mini-flicks floating around the Internet. It's probably the cutest way to waste time and wait for the weekend. 1. "Oh no! I'll save you, arm!" 2. The new eco-friendly transportation option for canines. 3. "I said flakes, not paté!" 4. "Are you my new best friend?" 5. The roads can be scary sometimes. Share this on Facebook Get another dose of adorable animals:...

Daily GIFs: Feb. 10, 2014

Mondays can be tough, but you know what makes it easier? Adorable GIFs. Check out these furry mini-flicks floating around the Internet. It's probably the cutest way to waste time before the week gets ahead of you. 1. And now, for my next trick! 2. I know I left my glasses around here somewhere. 3. This race is gonna be hard to call, all of the swimmers are neck and neck. 4. Judge me all you want, I'm not moving. 5. Hello? Hi there! Hey, friend? Yoohoo!...

Dolphins in the area of BP's 2010 oil spill suffered from extreme health problems, with many not expected to survive, a study conducted a year after the spill shows. Credit: Thinkstock Nearly half of the 32 dolphins examined from Louisiana's Barataria Bay in 2011 were found to be in "guarded or worse" condition, according to the study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Seventeen percent were listed as "grave" and "not expected to survive." The Deepwater Horizon spill dumped up to four million barrels of oil (according to government estimates) in the Gulf of Mexico's Barataria Bay. The...