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Noctiluca bloom Buitenratel sandbank, 15 August 2020, documented from surveillance aircraft RBINS (© RBINS/MUMM)
17/08/2020

Impressive Noctiluca (Sea Sparkle) bloom in the North Sea

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Kelle Moreau

On 15 August, striking orange spots and strings were observed in the Belgian part of the North Sea near the Buitenratel sandbank, that were reported to the Coast Guard as a possible pollution.

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Sowerby’s beaked whale on the beach of Wenduine, 7 August 2020 (© Stijn Ameye)
11/08/2020

Rare Beaked Whale Stranded Alive in Nieuwpoort, Day Later Dead in Wenduine

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Kelle Moreau

On Thursday 6 August a Sowerby’s beaked whale ran into trouble near the eastern harbour dam of Nieuwpoort. With some difficulty the unfortunate animal could be escorted back to the open sea, but the chances of survival were estimated to be low.

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Comparison of the skeleton of Primoptynx poliotauros next to that of the extant snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) (c) Sven Tränkner & Gerald Mayr
28/07/2020

Owl Discovered That Hunted Like A Hawk 55 Million Years Ago

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Siska Van Parys

Paleontologists have described a large owl that killed medium-sized mammals with its feet and claws some 55 million years ago. “Today, owls kill with their beak," says paleontologist Thierry Smith (RBINS), who participated to the study of the well-preserved skeleton from Wyoming, USA.

Scorpion pictured in UV fluorescence. Focus stacking image.
23/07/2020

How To Digitalize Natural Sciences Collections?

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Siska Van Parys

Researchers from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the AfricaMuseum have published a handbook on how to digitalize natural history collections. This can be done in fifty ways, and in fifty shades.

Lake Manyara Workshop with all parties involved © RBINS/CEBioS
16/07/2020

Reconciling Population And Biodiversity in Lake Manyara Basin, Tanzania

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Kelle Moreau

The Lake Manyara Basin is a biodiversity hotspot that is also economically important in the context of local food supply and tourism.

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