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Korean scientists discover marine species believed to be extinct

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Specialists from the Institute of Biodiversity at the Korean Academy of Sciences have reported the discovery of hundreds of rare marine species, which were believed to be extinct.

According to the spokesperson of the scientific institution, flocks of hundreds of Black-faced Spoonbills or Platalea leucorodia, of the Threskiornithidae family, were found, only 3,000 of which were believed to exist throughout the planet, mainly in Africa and Asia.

The observation was recorded at the Mundok Migratory Bird Sanctuary, in South Phyongan province, inscribed on the list of wetlands of international importance, according to the intergovernmental treaty of Ramsar, Iran (1971) that offers the framework for conservation and rational use of wetlands and their resources.

Mundok, a county bordering Pyongyang, also serves as a habitat for 22 kinds of birds that are equally endangered on the planet, such as the white-fronted goose.

More than 80,000 water birds of more than 120 species nest temporarily there every year, mainly in autumn and spring.

Over 30 areas near the two DPRK coasts have been declared national migratory bird and wetland reserves, the Institute noted.

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