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A royal albatross chick in New Zealand has hit headlines around the world as it has no name.

To solve the problem a competition has been held to name the the seven-month-old female.

Name ideas have been flowing in for the bird. The most popular name so far is Dr Ashley Bloomfield – New Zealand’s popular health director who is credited with helping guide the country through coronavirus.

Another popular name is Chicky McChickface, in tribute to the famed Boaty McBoatface campaign.

Regardless of the chick’s name, it will be an ambassador for its kind, which faces a range of threats and challenges including impacts from fishing and plastic pollution.

The albatross has lived her whole life on Pukekura/Taiaroa Head in New Zealand’s Otago Peninsula, but will soon head off on a journey to South America.

The competition for the name has closed and DOC are expected to come out with a result in the next few days.

State Police in Pennsylvania, USA, are on the hunt for a goat that has repeatedly been seen wandering into traffic on a busy highway.

Police said multiple people have reported the white and brown goat running into traffic in recent days.

Photos snapped by witnesses have been shared on social media and to the police. The hope is that someone will recognise the goat and ensure it is kept safe.

Investigators said they are concerned the goat could cause injuries to itself or drivers by acting as a traffic hazard.

Polar bears may be wiped out by the end of the century unless more is done to tackle climate change.

This was the findings from a recent scientific study.

Scientists believe some Polar Bear populations have already reached their survival limits as the Arctic sea ice shrinks.

The bears rely on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean to hunt for seals.

As the ice breaks up, the animals are forced to walk for long distances.

Polar bears are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

An Eastern Pacific Green Turtle has been saved and will now return to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Turtle Bay ahead of the school holidays.

The 26kg turtle has been undergoing treatment for exhaustion, dehydration and low body temperature in the aquarium’s Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

It was initially rescued by the Department of Conservation and checked over by Auckland Zoo’s specialist vet team.

The new green turtle has been named Taka and moved into Turtle Bay for the next stage of its recovery! Visitors to the aquarium can see this unique sea creature during the school holidays.

The aquarium is New Zealand’s only turtle rehabilitation facility. The team has cared for more than 100 turtles over the past 20 years together with the Department of Conservation and contracted vets from Auckland Zoo.

Eastern Pacific green turtles are also referred to as black sea turtles and native to waters near Costa Rica and the Galápagos Islands. This means Taka is a long way from home!
This species is classified as endangered, with populations decreasing due to overfishing and plastic pollution.

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s is also participating in Plastic Free July 2020 with a virtual competition for schools to win a free excursion and 20% off Cheeki reusable drink bottles in the gift shop.

A new photo has surfaced on Facebook that might show the Loch Ness monster is in fact true.

Steve Challice, from Southampton, took the shots from the bank of the Loch Ness when visiting Urquhart Castle recently.

While taking photos, Challice spotted what he thought was a big fish trailing through the water. 

Challice said he captured the creature on camera once. He said it was about 2.5 metres long and he was standing 9 metres from the lake when he took the photo.

The image has been shared online where he hopes someone will be able to identify it. He believes it was something mundane like a catfish or seal.

Challice said he doesn’t believe in the Loch Ness monster and there must be a non-mythical explanation for the sighting.

What is the Loch Ness Monster?

The Loch Ness Monster, also referred to as Nessie, is a supposed animal, said to live in the Scottish loch of Loch Ness.

Loch Ness is the second biggest loch in Scotland.

Most scientists believe that the Loch Ness Monster is not real, and they say that many of the seeings are either hoaxes or pictures of other mistaken existing animals.

However, a popular theory among believers is that “Nessie” is a plesiosaur, an extinct meat-eating aquatic reptile.

New Zealand is the albatross capital of the world and last week celebrated the inaugural World Albatrous Day.

Held for the first time on the 19th of June the Department of Conservation hopes it will become a regular in the New Zealand bird calendar.

The day is about celebrating the country’s population of the birds and raising awareness of the deadly threats affecting them.

New Zealand has 17 species found throughout its waters and territories, and 11 species breeding here.

Dunedin’s Otago Peninsula is also home to the world’s only mainland royal albatross breeding colony at Taiaroa Head.

The first chicks were observed being fledged in the late 1930s, and since then numbers had grown steadily with the population at the colony now estimated at 200 adults.

New Zealand’s first nationwide whale count will get underway this weekend.

The first Whale census will run from 9.30am until 3.30pm on Saturday, with help from volunteers all over the country.

The plan is to create a baseline of how many marine mammals were spotted along the coastline on one day, so they could compare numbers in future years.

Rose said some marine scientists and students were taking part. However, people are able to offer their help.

People can register for the census and get survey forms via the Cetacean Spotting NZ Facebook page.

Swedish climate advocate, Greta Thunberg, has had a new species of spider named after her.

Thunberga gen. nov. is a new genus of huntsman spiders from Madagascar.

The new species was found by arachnologist Peter Jager, and named after the Thunberg in honour of her commitment to tackling climate change.

Jager explained that the new species differed from other huntsmans in their eye arrangement and unique dotted patterns on their backs.

He named a previous discovery of Southeast Asian huntsman spider Heteropoda davidbowie.

Unlike most spiders, huntsman don’t spin webs and hunt and forage instead for their food.