Thursday January 4, 2024

The Inertia

As a whole, humans are decidedly bad for the other animals we share the planet with. Our never-ending hunt for things that make our lives as easy as possible have dire consequences, and it has recently been announced that the Java stingaree has become the first marine fish species to go extinct as a result of human activity.

Its extinction was declared in December by scientists at Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australia, and it came after an update to the Red List of Threatened Species published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The Java stingaree was a cute little creature. A kind of ray that only grew to about the size of a plate, it was incredibly rare. According to IFLScience, the only known specimen of one was from a fish market in Jakarta that was found way back in 1862.

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