I vacationed (or holliday’d if you’re of European persuasion) at Oak Island, North Carolina last week. Had a great time with the fam, but the guy in the picture above decided that the pool at our beach house (rental) was better than the ocean. I don’t blame him. The pool had a much smaller shark population, and I saw very few jelly fish swimming in the chlorine filled waters. But if you want to see a group of people with very little experience dealing with actual wildlife freak out, throw a crustacean in the pool they’re swimming in. You would have thought a tiger pounced on one of us.
Researchers more or less stumbled upon a previously unknown population of 125,000 Lowland gorillas in the Congo. That number automatically doubles their numbers in the wild. This is an incredible find, but I’m a little bummed the researchers found them. History indicates this will do them more harm than good.
This discovery is not to be confused with the mountain gorillas that are caught in the middle of the charcoal wars that I’ve written about previously. There are fewer than 700 mountain gorillas left with none existing in captivity. Something drastic has to be done to save these gorillas.
But it is exceedingly cool that the lowland gorillas are doing much better than we thought. Makes you wonder what else is out there that we haven’t discovered.