Manganodules

“Along the Pacific Rim of Fire, vast beds of manganese nodules hold promise…” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/09/29/us-newzealand-ocean-idUKKCN0RT07K20150929)

A bed of nodules often promises, er, a rim of fire.

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Mickey Maui’s

New Zealand’s “Maui’s dolphin population now stands at between 42 and 47 individuals. … Strikingly marked, with a dark, rounded dorsal fin that has been likened to a Mickey Mouse ear, … at the present rate, the dolphins may be extinct in 14 years. … The New Zealand government [is] beginning development of a five-year research plan for the species rather than taking immediate conservation action.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0605-kessler-mauis-dolphin-decline.html)

Preparation, development and authorisation of the five-year research plan is expected to take nine years.

Featherwit

“The bird leaves New Zealand in March to fly some 10,000km to feeding grounds in China and the Koreas. And then in May, the godwit undertakes a 6,000km trip to western Alaska to breed and nest, before returning directly to New Zealand across the Pacific in August/September.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25274483)

The godwit: the avian antithesis of the fuckwit.