ARTICLES RELATING TO MARINE LIFE

Electric fence may stop sharks from taking a bite

2015-01-29 07:58

Dozens of people are attacked by sharks every year. A new underwater electric fence - developed and tested in Cape Town - aims to stop sharks from getting close to bathers.

After 44 years, Miami orca may be free

2015-01-26 10:08

Lolita, a killer whale that has lived in a tank at Miami's Seaquarium for 44 years, could move a step closer to freedom.

More crocs swim near people than realised

2015-01-21 13:09

More large saltwater crocodiles swim unseen closer to humans than previously thought, a new Australian study says.

EU bans sea bass trawling

2015-01-19 20:44

The EU says it will ban open water trawling of sea bass during the spawning season.

How some corals recover from 'bleaching'

2015-01-15 08:38

A sharp rise in sea temperature can inflict potentially catastrophic 'bleaching' on corals, but research identified factors that may render some reefs more resilient than others.

Beached whale dies in Haiti after fishermen wound it

2015-01-14 07:46

A Haitian conservation group says an adult humpback whale has died in shallow waters off the country's north coast after being wounded by fishermen.

Japan's harpoonless whalers heading for Antarctic

2015-01-06 14:05

Japanese whalers will set out for the Antarctic this week, but will leave their harpoons at home after the UN’s top court last year ruled their annual hunt was illegal, the government says.

Mexico may ban nets to save porpoise

2014-12-25 10:02

Mexican authorities are proposing a $37m plan to ban gillnet fishing in most of the upper Sea of Cortez to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

Lost seal rescued in UK field 30km from the sea

2014-12-23 07:56

British emergency services rescued an 'exhausted' lost seal stranded in a muddy field about 30km from the sea in northern England.

Activists confront Antarctic poaching vessel

2014-12-18 10:23

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd says it confronted a ship known for poaching Patagonian toothfish in the Antarctic, as part of its efforts to target illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean.

Dead dolphin triggers fear after Bangladesh oil spill

2014-12-14 15:55

A dead dolphin has been found in Bangladesh's protected Sundarbans delta following an oil spill which has spread over several hundred square kilometres, heightening fears for the area's rare wildlife.

'Catastrophic' Bangladesh oil spill threatens dolphins

2014-12-11 16:11

An oil spill from a crashed tanker in Bangladesh is threatening endangered dolphins and other wildlife in the vast Sundarbans delta, officials warn, branding the leak an ecological 'catastrophe'.

Humpback whales increasing in waters near NYC

2014-12-10 18:25

Humpback whales, the gigantic, endangered mammals known for their haunting underwater songs, have been approaching New York City in greater numbers than even old salts can remember.

Electric eels exert remote control over prey

2014-12-05 10:52

A new study shows that eels use electricity to exert a form of remote control over their victims, causing fish that may be hiding to twitch or have an involuntary muscle contraction to incapacitate their prey.

Surprising traffic through Suez Canal

2014-11-26 20:44

Beneath the decks of the giant cargo ships that use the Suez Canal, innumerable creatures also cross the waters and settle in the Mediterranean Sea, damaging the local ecology and coastal economies.

Vietnam seizes 1 000 dead endangered sea turtles

2014-11-25 17:23

Vietnam's environmental police have seized a record haul of over 1 000 endangered sea turtles which were being prepared for illegal export to China, an official says.

Sea Shepherd fights for Patagonian toothfish

2014-11-21 13:05

Sea Shepherd is setting out to save the Patagonian toothfish from illegal fishers after years of fighting to save whales in remote southern oceans, a media report says.

WWF releases 11 000 sturgeons to restock Danube

2014-11-19 20:54

WWF has released 11 000 threatened sturgeons in the Danube river to restock Europe's last wild sturgeon populations, the conservationist group says.

Japan cuts whale catch target by two-thirds

2014-11-18 08:48

Japan says that it would slash the number of whales it catches in the Southern Ocean, amid international criticism of its whaling programme.

Punch on nose for sharks makes swimmers safe

2014-11-12 22:19

A high-tech version of the reputedly life-saving punch to a shark's nose is being tested in an effort to protect humans without harming the toothy predators or other sea creatures.

UN gives 31 new species protection

2014-11-10 12:07

Polar bears, whales and sharks were among 31 new species granted new protection status by the UN conservation body, following six days of 'intense' talks by leading conservationists.

22 pilot whales die after stranding in New Zealand

2014-11-06 07:48

A group of 22 pilot whales have died when they re-stranded on a New Zealand beach less than a day after rescuers had shepherded them back out to sea.

Plan won't save Great Barrier Reef: Aussi scientists

2014-10-28 12:53

Australia's plans to protect the Great Barrier Reef are inadequate, short-sighted and will not prevent its decline, the country's pre-eminent grouping of natural scientists say.

Sea 'mushroom' could be early branch in tree of life

2014-10-27 10:33

Miniature deep sea animals discovered off the Australian coast almost three decades ago are still puzzling scientists, who say the organisms have proved impossible to categories.

Australia hopeful for revised Antarctic sanctuary

2014-10-20 09:11

Australia says it is hopeful of winning support for its plan to create a vast marine reserve off east Antarctica, after revising the proposal to make it smaller.

 

EU blacklists Sri Lanka over illegal fishing

2015-01-26 19:28

The European Union has blacklisted Sri Lanka for failing to combat illegal fishing, officially banning imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka-flagged vessels into the EU.

Bulgarian customs seize 2 million baby eels

2015-01-23 13:31

Bulgarian customs officials say that had seized two million endangered European baby eels stashed in containers.

Australian beaches reopen as sharks scram

2015-01-19 09:19

Australian beaches which had closed due to sightings of large sharks for a record nine days have reopened, officials say, but rough surf kept most swimmers away.

New Zealand navy in standoff with 'illegal' fishers

2015-01-14 09:03

The New Zealand navy is involved in a high-seas standoff with two suspected poaching ships in Antarctic waters after the vessels used 'evasive tactics' to thwart boarding attempts.

Activist sees public shift on dolphins in captivity

2015-01-13 05:00

Dolphin trainer-turned-activist O'Barry has seen a public shift on keeping dolphins in captivity.

Man dies from suspected shark attack in Australia

2014-12-29 14:36

A man has died in a suspected shark attack in Western Australia, in what would be the country's second such fatality this month.

Fish eye sheds light on colour vision

2014-12-24 16:21

A fish eye from a primitive time when Earth was but one single continent, has yielded evidence of colour vision dating back at least 300 million years, researchers say.

Marine protection campaign launched

2014-12-19 10:32

The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has kicked off its annual festive season marine protection awareness campaign.

Australia teen killed in shark attack

2014-12-15 18:57

A teenager has been killed in a shark attack at a reef off Australia's northeast coast, with ambulance officials saying he was dead by the time he reached shore.

Bangladeshis use sponges to clean oil spill

2014-12-12 17:35

Bangladeshi villagers using sponges, shovels and even spoons have worked to clean up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins.

Plastic litter choking world's oceans

2014-12-10 22:40

There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more.

Dolphin shot to death with arrow

2014-12-09 10:28

A dolphin has been shot by a hunting arrow in the northern Gulf of Mexico, the second violent killing of the protected animal in recent weeks, federal authorities say.

Tuna talks making slow progress

2014-12-03 18:19

Pacific island states has expressed frustration at a lack of progress in talks aimed at protecting the region's valuable tuna resources, accusing faraway fishing nations of stalling on conservation.

Rare albino dolphin captured in Japan's 'Cove'

2014-11-25 20:34

A rare albino dolphin has been captured by Japanese fishermen, said a campaign group staging a protest against the sale or slaughter of the creatures.

Chinook salmon run slow amid warm water

2014-11-20 08:51

The annual fall migration of Chinook salmon has been delayed by warmer water temperatures and slow-flowing streams in parts of California.

Puerto Rico monitors whales after fatal stranding

2014-11-15 22:47

Authorities in Puerto Rico are monitoring two dense-beaked whales that got free and are swimming off the US territory's northwest coast after they became stranded on the island along with one that died.

EU extends ban on deep-sea shark fishing

2014-11-11 13:35

EU nations have extended their ban on deep-sea shark fishing for the European fleet for at least another two years, with only Spain and Portugal voting against.

Scientists find new coral species off California

2014-11-06 16:15

Scientists have discovered a new species of deep-sea coral in underwater canyons off the Northern California coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced.

Fears that fish farm would make triathletes shark bait

2014-11-03 21:39

Plans to build a fish farm along Hobie Beach prompted concerns that it could entice sharks, endangering tourists and Iron Man triathletes.

Singapore aquarium denies dolphin's bad health

2014-10-27 15:26

A Singapore marine park has responded to criticism of conditions there by denying that one of its top attractions, a pink dolphin, is being mistreated.

Newborn killer whale presumed dead in Washington

2014-10-21 22:47

The first calf born in two years to an endangered killer whale population off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has been declared missing and presumed dead just weeks after its birth.

Sex? It all started 385 million years ago

2014-10-20 05:00
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It may not have been love as we know it, but around 385 million years ago, our very distant ancestors - armoured fish called placoderms - developed the art of intercourse.

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