Fired up — Opposition demonstrators clash with members of Venezuela’s Bolivarian police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela on March 30. Miguel Gutierrez / EPA
The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), an amazing creature that walks the ocean floor, is a rare Australian fish from the family Brachionichthyidae. It is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List 2002. is the first Australian marine species to be threatened with extinction.
The greatest threats to the handfish appear to be siltation and invasive species. The Derwent Estuary where the fish lives is highly urbanised and industrialised, and a range of marine pests have been introduced through shipping. One key pest is the Northern Pacific Seastar (Asterias amurensis), a particularly large and voracious predator that is now abundant in the estuary. Studies by CSIRO show that the seastars eat the stalked ascidians that the handfish use to attach their eggs.
Soldiers of 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh (1 R WELSH) have conducted top-up training for Lead Armoured Battle Group (LABG) sub-units on the first exercise of the season at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in Southern Alberta, Canada.Attached to the 1 R WELSH battlegroup was the Right Flank, Scots Guards, half of B Squadron, the Kings Royal Hussars and B Company, 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry - a mechanised infantry unit using third-generation light armoured vehicles. Exercise PRAIRIE STORM focussed on sub-unit training and consisted of three phases over the course of three weeks