ARTICLES RELATING TO MARINE LIFE

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.

Leonardo DiCaprio gives $2m for ocean conservation

2014-10-17 10:52

Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio's conservation foundation says it has awarded a $2m grant to establish marine reserves and to stop overfishing.

Rare beaked whale washes up in Australia

2014-10-14 13:30

A rare beaked whale has washed up in Australia, exciting researchers who know little about an animal that spends much of its time diving at depth far from shore.

Improved seafood sustainability: WWF-SA

2014-10-09 16:24

Transparency in the way retailers and suppliers procure seafood is contributing towards sustainability, the World Wildlife Fund SA says.

Lack of ocean heat puzzles Nasa

2014-10-06 21:09

The deep ocean may not be hiding heat after all, raising new questions about why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.

Professors to teach from under the sea

2014-10-03 21:21

Two US professors will spend 73 days in an underwater laboratory near the Florida Keys, where they'll teach courses via internet.

World's largest marine sanctuary created

2014-09-25 20:11

The United States has announced the creation of the world's largest marine sanctuary in the Pacific, where commercial fishing and energy exploration are off limits.

Baby clownfish embark on epic journeys

2014-09-18 10:32

In their first days of life, clownfish larvae can swim up to 400km in order to find a home, according to a new study.

Scientists examine colossal squid

2014-09-16 16:24

New Zealand researchers' examination of rarely seen colossal squid draws 347K views on YouTube. YouTube VIDEO

Season's first dolphins killed in Japan

2014-09-16 08:25

The first dolphins of the season have been slaughtered in the small Japanese town of Taiji, campaigners said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups.

KZN shark board to test protection cable

2014-09-15 15:54

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board will begin testing an electronic shark repellent cable next month in an attempt to prevent future shark attacks.

Something fishy: Trout and eels co-operate in hunt

2014-09-09 12:59

Scientists have described how a colourful fish called the coral trout recruits moray eels to help hunt for prey, with both ending up well fed.

Japan seeks to resume Antarctic whaling

2014-09-04 13:46

Japan is seeking international support for its plans to hunt minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean by scaling down the whaling research programme the UN top court rejected.

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

2014-09-01 08:34

The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season has begun in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official says.

Mexico nabs suspects with 10 000 sea turtle eggs

2014-08-22 10:44

Environmental prosecutors in Mexico say three suspects have been detained in the southern Pacific coast state of Oaxaca with more than 10 000 illegally harvested eggs from protected sea turtles.

China fishes for growth with massive aquarium

2014-08-18 08:09

The world's largest aquarium, in China is being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at encouraging domestic consumption as the driver of economic growth.

Antarctic minke whales have a feeding 'frenzy'

2014-08-15 10:24

Antarctic minke whales engage in an underwater feeding frenzy, filling their huge mouths up to 100 times an hour as they gorge on prawn-like krill during the summer.

Blue shark sparks panic on Rome beach

2014-08-13 14:12

A blue shark that made a rare appearance in the shallow waters of a popular beach resort near Rome has sparked panic and excitement among holidaymakers.

Watch: Great white attacks underwater robot

2014-08-12 12:24

In video released by the Discovery Channel, an underwater camera captures a great white shark wrapping its jaws around a robot.

Giant crocodile attacks shark, and wins

2014-08-06 09:56

Tourists in northern Australia have been left stunned by two fierce animals going head-to-head, a massive saltwater crocodile wrestling with a bull shark in its jaws.

Florida lionfish ban goes into effect

2014-08-04 12:27

Florida's ban on importing invasive lionfish, the first of its kind in the nation, has gone into effect as wildlife managers look for a way to control the spread of the fish.

Man expelled from Croatia for punching seal

2014-08-01 13:39

A man has been fined and expelled from Croatia after he punched a Mediterranean monk seal, one of the world's most endangered species.

Octopus mom protects her eggs for 4 years

2014-07-31 07:52

If someone were to create an award for 'mother of the year' in the animal kingdom, a remarkably dedicated eight-limbed mom from the dark depths of the Pacific Ocean might be a strong contender.

 

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.

Teen's lucky escape after Aussie shark bite

2014-10-17 09:53

A teenage girl has described her shock after being bitten by a shark when she landed on top of it while surfing off a popular Australian beach.

Artificial coral offers solution to endangered reefs

2014-10-13 14:04

With recent studies showing the world's oceans acidifying at an accelerating rate, scientists say coral reefs are at risk of dying out. But a student at London's Royal College of Art has come up with a possible solution.

R10m Paarl perlemoen case postponed

2014-10-08 17:19

The case of three Mozambicans arrested for possession of perlemoen worth about R10m has been postponed by the Paarl Magistrate's Court.

Massive perlemoen bust on N1

2014-10-06 20:05

A man has been arrested on the N1 between Ventersburg and Winburg with one ton of perlemoen, estimated at R1m.

Great Barrier Reef part of Aboriginal identity

2014-10-02 14:48

To the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder, boasting some of the rarest animals and plants. To some Aboriginal Australians it is home and requires protection.

Abalone farmers storm shipyard over pollution

2014-09-23 14:37

A shipyard in China has suspended operations after at least 500 farmers, who blame water pollution from the yard for killing their abalone harvest, stormed the yard and smashed its offices.

Japan to devise new Antarctic whaling programme

2014-09-16 17:24

The Japanese government will devise a new plan to resume whale hunts in Antarctic waters after it was banned earlier this year from pursuing its research whaling programme in the Southern Ocean.

Humpback whale freed in St Francis Bay

2014-09-16 13:57

A Humpback whale has been freed after getting entangled in rope and buoys in St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape, the National Sea Rescue Institute says.

Japan's whale hunt under scrutiny

2014-09-15 18:38

Japan's 'scientific whaling' is under scrutiny at the International Whaling Commission conference.

New curbs on threatened shark trade

2014-09-11 17:48

Seven threatened species of shark and ray are to get greater protection, as a historic agreement aimed at safeguarding the world's oldest predator takes effect.

California blue whales back from the brink

2014-09-06 17:31

California blue whales, the largest animals on Earth once driven to near extinction by whaling, have made a remarkable comeback to near historic, 19th-century levels.

Millions of fish die due to 'contamination'

2014-09-02 11:29

Authorities are investigating whether negligence at wastewater treatment plant is to blame after millions of fresh water fish began to float up in the Cajititlan lagoon in Mexico.

Rare catch for Maine lobsterman

2014-08-25 21:43

A lobsterman says one of his traps has caught a one-in-two-million crustacean - a blue lobster.

New Zealand bans shark finning

2014-08-20 10:33

New Zealand is banning the practice of shark finning, a move the Pew Charitable Trusts says is welcome and will bring the country in line with other developed nations.

SeaWorld plans new Orca environments

2014-08-15 21:00

SeaWorld says it will expand the killer whale environments and has made research and conservation pledges.

Dolphins squeal with delight like children: study

2014-08-14 07:48

Dolphins often squeal when they get a treat, sounding much like children. US researchers say they believe these calls are expressions of pure delight.

Police seize R10m illegal abalone

2014-08-12 18:06

Police have shut down an illegal abalone-drying facility and seized six tons of the gourmet mollusc with an estimated street value of R10m.

EC cuts fish quotas for 10 countries

2014-08-11 16:37

The European Commission has cut this year's fishing quotas for 10 member countries, to compensate for overfishing in 2013.

Red tide destroying fish population in Florida

2014-08-08 10:29

The largest red tide bloom seen in Florida in nearly a decade has killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and may pose a greater health threat if it washes ashore.

Oceans increasingly polluted with mercury: Study

2014-08-07 12:25

In much of the world's oceans, levels of the metal mercury are double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution, a new study says.

Celebrities unite to stop ‘savage’ dolphin hunt

2014-08-04 13:58

Celebrities and animal lovers from around the world are flocking to the Faroe Islands in a bid to stop a controversial dolphin hunt that activists describe as an 'archaic mass slaughter'.

Rare whale fossil found in family's backyard

2014-08-04 09:43

A search and rescue team have pulled a rare whale fossil from a Southern California backyard, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.

Dead fish delight birds, disgust beach goers

2014-07-31 09:19

Thousands of dead anchovies have washed up in the town of Seaside providing a welcome feast for marine birds but a foul stench for tourists and residents of the popular beach.

Japan wraps up hunt, killing 115 whales

2014-07-30 12:57

Japan has announced that it had wrapped up a whale hunt in the Pacific, the second campaign since the UN ordered Tokyo to halt a separate slaughter in the Antarctic.

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