Federal wildlife officials want a plant they say is found only in Georgia and Alabama to be classified as "threatened." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is seeking the designation for the Georgia rockcress. The plant has been a candidate for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act since 2000.
The whale appeared to be behaving normally, but researchers say, not many whales survive such wounds. There are only about 450 right whales in existence. They give birth in southern coastal waters but often find themselves in the path of ships and fishing gear than tangles and kills them there.
A rare mussel found only in one coastal river could become the latest Georgia species added to the endangered species list. The Altamaha spinymussel used to be common in several South Georgia rivers but is now found only in the Altamaha.