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.

Japan volcanic island may hold key to coral survival

2017-04-17 09:03

The key to the survival of the world's threatened coral reefs may lie in the waters surrounding a small volcanic island off the coast of Japan, scientists say.

'Zero recovery' for corals in back-to-back Australia bleaching

2017-04-10 14:28

Coral bleached for two consecutive years at Australia's Great Barrier Reef has "zero prospect" of recovery, scientists warn, as they confirmed the site has again been hit by warming sea temperatures.

US Air Force to cut lighting at Hawaii station to help birds

2017-04-03 18:47

The US Air Force will reduce exterior lighting at a Hawaii facility to help protect endangered and threatened seabirds there.

Japanese fleet kills 333 whales

2017-03-31 18:27

Japan's whaling fleet has returned home after killing 333 whales in the Antarctic, achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research whaling programme.

Pakistan arrests 100 Indian fishermen

2017-03-27 07:18

Pakistan has arrested at least 100 Indian fishermen for illegally fishing in its waters.

Italy fishermen down rods in dolphin dispute

2017-03-22 22:17

Italian fishermen have announced plans for two days of strikes in protest over crafty dolphins they accuse of pinching their catch.

Indonesia summons UK envoy over coral reef destruction

2017-03-17 12:26

Indonesia summoned the British ambassador after a cruise ship on a voyage organised by a London-based company smashed into coral reefs in a popular tourist spot and caused extensive damage.


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.

New sonic blast shrimp named after Pink Floyd

2017-04-12 22:30

A newly-discovered shrimp species with a bright pink claw and the ability to produce one of the loudest sounds in the ocean has been named after British band Pink Floyd.

California rescuers on lookout for tangled whale

2017-04-03 21:32

US officials have asked boating enthusiasts off California's coast to be on the lookout for a gray whale tangled in an unknown material.

Japanese fleet returns from Antarctic hunt with 333 whales

2017-04-01 13:03

Japan's whaling fleet has returned home after killing 333 whales in the Antarctic, achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research whaling programme.

'Underwater wasteland' worries after cyclone hits Barrier Reef

2017-03-30 10:48

A powerful cyclone that smashed into northeastern Australia could have caused further damage to the under-pressure Great Barrier Reef, turning parts into an "underwater wasteland".

Pakistan arrests 100 Indian fishermen

2017-03-27 07:17

Pakistan has arrested at least 100 Indian fishermen for illegally fishing in its waters.

'Dead zones' a threat to coral reefs

2017-03-21 07:02

Low-oxygen areas of the ocean known as dead zones threaten hundreds of coral reefs worldwide, fragile ecosystems already struggling because of climate change and pollution, researchers say.

The seal whiskerers: Navy looks to sea life for new ships

2017-03-15 08:05

The US Navy is enlisting the help of seals - but not the kind of highly trained special operatives with whom it usually associates.

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