Whales shrank before populations crashed - study

2017-06-23 11:09

The body size of some whale species diminished by several metres decades before 20th-century factory fishing caused their populations to collapse, researchers say.

KZN Sharks Board pours cold water on sardine haul

2017-06-21 20:04

The 110 crates of sardines netted by fishermen in Scottburgh, south coast of KwaZulu-Natal "does not mean it was a sardine run", the KZN Sharks board has said.

Conservationists: Atlantic salmon decline worsens

2017-06-20 06:15

An international conservation group says fewer North America's Atlantic salmon are making it back to rivers to spawn, which bodes poorly for the future of the imperiled fish.

Hong Kong activists dress as sharks protest finning

2017-06-10 20:17

Dozens of activists dressed in bloody costumes, sprawled outside one of Hong Kong's most popular restaurants linked to the sale of shark fin soup.

Whale of a mystery solved? How they got so big

2017-05-26 09:13

Scientists may have solved a mystery about the biggest of whales and how they evolved.

France bans captive breeding of dolphins, killer whales

2017-05-07 15:44

France has banned the breeding in captivity of dolphins and killer whales under tighter rules that campaigners hope will eventually herald the end of shows involving the animals.

Teen bitten by shark at Plettenberg Bay

2017-04-29 22:09

A 14-year-old boy sustained minor injuries after a shark bit his leg at Plettenberg Bay.

SA fossils may be earliest known multicellular life - study

2017-04-26 14:59

Fossils accidentally discovered in South Africa are probably the oldest fungi ever found by a margin of 1.2 billion years, rewriting the evolutionary story of these organisms which are neither flora nor fauna, researchers say.

More Antarctic protections urged on World Penguin Day

2017-04-25 22:04

The world needs to do more to protect the Antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists are warning as they mark World Penguin Day.

Sulphur-powered giant shipworm unearthed in Philippines

2017-04-22 13:50

An enormous black worm that lives in the mud of the sea floor and survives on the remnants of noxious gases digested by bacteria has been unveiled by scientists for the first time.


More sardines netted on beaches south of Durban

2017-06-22 21:25

More sardines have been netted on beaches south of Durban, the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board says.

Global coral bleaching may be ending, US agency says

2017-06-20 09:33

Coral reef bleaching may be easing after three years of high ocean temperatures, the longest such period since the 1980s, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says.

Eavesdropping on fish sex for conservation purposes

2017-06-13 16:02

Scientists have unveiled a unique new method for counting stocks of threatened fish - eavesdropping on their love calls when the fish gather in massive mating throngs.

Great Barrier Reef bleaching worse than first thought

2017-05-30 10:04

Coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef is worse than first thought and the impact will accelerate unless global greenhouse gas emissions are cut, scientists say.

Indonesian seafood enforcer wins acclaim even in US

2017-05-13 20:00

An Indonesian seafood enforcer has won acclaim with her explosive methods of curbing smuggling...sometimes seizing foreign fishing vessels and blowing them up.

Noise pollution risks animals' survival in the wild - study

2017-05-05 20:46

Human noise is polluting more than half of natural protected areas in the United States to such an extent that it could interfere with animals' ability to hunt and survive, researchers say.

Great White sharks spotted in Plettenberg Bay

2017-04-29 07:20

The National Sea Rescue Institute has warned the public to be vigilant when heading to the beach on the Southern Cape coastline after a large number of Great White sharks were spotted in Plettenberg Bay.

Baby whales 'whisper' to mothers to avoid predators: study

2017-04-26 07:34

Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists have reported, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique.

Hungry Caterpillar feasts on plastic bags

2017-04-24 22:21

A moth caterpillar commonly bred to provide fish bait feasts on a notoriously resistant plastic raising hopes the creature can help manage the global problem of plastic-bag pollution.

Last killer whale born at a SeaWorld park

2017-04-21 13:09

The last orca has been born in captivity at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio just over a year after the theme park decided to stop breeding orcas following animal rights protests and declining ticket sales.

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