Archive for the ‘Asturias’ Category

Bear with cubs

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013


A brown bear with two cubs on a crag somewhere in Asturias . Photo by Fundación Oso Pardo

Brown bear population in Spain 2013

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

 The population of brown bears in the Cantabrian mountains 2013 has reached more than 200, with 34 cubs raised in  2010. More here

Animals crossing a stream

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Wonderful trap video by FAPAS of boars, a wolf and a bear crossing a stream somewhere in Asturias. 1 minute, 30 seconds.

Bear in camera trap

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Fantastic photo taken by a camera trap somewhere in Asturias by the wildlife group FAPAS. There are now some 180 brown bears in the Cantabrian mountains (Cantabria, Castilla y León and above all Asturias), triple the figure 20 years ago.

Summer love

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Lisa over at has an interesting account  of how at least one pair of Cantabrian bears has bred later in the year, in late August, instead of May-June, presumably because of climate change. More here

Hundreds of puffins found dead on Cantabrian coast

Monday, April 25th, 2011

More than 200 puffins have been found dead along the coasts of Asturias and Cantabria in the last six weeks. SEO/Birdlife, who are unsure as to the cause, suspect the real figure could be in the thousands.  More here

Injured bear found in Asturias

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Latest from Lisa on an injured bear found in Asturias (includes video).

Fantastic photos of bear cubs

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Miradas Cantábricas have published this lovely set of images of a pair of bear cubs they encountered in the Valle del Narcea in Asturias.

Also on bears: El futuro del oso en el Pirineo requiere doblar su población hasta los 40 ejemplares

Deep-water Cantabrian sharks are opportunist hunters

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Spanish researchers have studied the diet of three species of sharks which live in the deep waters of El Cachucho, the first Protected Marine Area in Spain, off the coast of Llanes, Asturias. The blackmouth catshark (Galeus melastomus), the velvet belly lantern shark (Etmopterus spinax), and the birdbeak dogshark (Deania calcea)  feed on the resources available in their environment, according to changes taking place in the ocean depths. Their diet is opportunist, because they feed off whatever resources are available, in this case small euphausiid crustaceans, benthopelagic prawns and fish. More here

Documentary about bears

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Interesting documentary from TVE about bears in the Cordillera Cantábrica with Guillermo Palomero, President of Fundación Oso Pardo. Watch here