National Geographic : 1998 Jan
JOELSARTORE Yellowstone wolves A When wild wolves were reintroduced into Yellow stone National Park in 1995, biologist David Mech, shown above with captive wolves in Minnesota, was ecstatic. With Yellowstone's Michael Phil lips and Douglas Smith, he studies how wolves interact with animals never before exposed to them. Using radio collars and ground and aerial surveys, Mech sees the wolves thriving on the park's generous supply of elk. LABORS OF LOVE Sleuthing giant squid A A sperm whale carcass in New Zealand shows signs of a struggle-sucker marks leading marine biologists Clyde Roper and Malcolm Clarke (with camera) to sus pect a giant squid. Up to 60 feet long, it is a mystery mollusk, having never been seen alive in its deep-sea lair. Roper hopes to change all that by lowering a robotic camera into a 3,000-foot canyon just offshore of this New Zealand beach.