New research on African West Coast dolphins

2014-04-16 15:01

Heaviside dolphins along the southern West Coast of Africa are all related and belong to one of two major populations, a genetic study has found.

Japanese whaling to continue

2014-04-15 16:23

The group that conducts Japan's whaling says it expects to resume scientific whaling in the Antarctic after this year's hunt was cancelled following an order by an international court.

Study: Fish are losing their survival instinct

2014-04-14 11:43

Fish are changing, they are losing their survival instinct and even becoming attracted to the smell of their predators, as the world's oceans become more acidic because of climate change.

Ship carrying whale meat fails to enter Durban

2014-04-14 09:33

A ship carrying 2 000 tons of fin whale meat has skipped the port of Durban after South Africans called on government to deny it entry, Greenpeace says.

SeaWorld killer whale shows continue

2014-04-09 09:53

A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out keeping them in captivity has been put on hold, meaning its dead for the year.

Shrimp fossil found with oldest-known cardio system

2014-04-07 21:10

Scientists say they have found a fossil of a shrimp-like creature that lived 520 million years ago with an exquisitely preserved heart and blood vessels.

Hollywood gorge on oysters from a once polluted bay

2014-04-07 13:51

Cage after cage, oysters in abundance headed for Hollywood are scooped up from a once polluted bay, thanks to a rescue programme that is making money for fishermen and the community

Cove director releases graphic videos of dolphin hunt

2014-04-02 09:37

The director of the controversial documentary The Cove has released graphic footage of a number of dolphins being slaughtered in Japan, footage that was too haunting for the film.

Fears grow that Japan may sidestep whaling ban

2014-04-01 11:05

Australia and New Zealand have hailed a landmark court decision that Japan must halt an annual Antarctic whale hunt, despite fears it may try to sidestep the order by creating a new scientific programme.

World court: Japanese whaling not scientific

2014-03-31 15:03

The International Court of Justice has ordered a temporary halt to Japan's Antarctic whaling programme, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese claims.

Appetite the biggest threat to Japan whaling

2014-03-27 14:39

The greatest threat to Japan's whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but Japanese consumers.

Asia's appetite is killing abalone in SA

2014-03-26 15:16

Foot soldiers of a global criminal network stretching from the southernmost tip of Africa to the other side of the globe; they are scouring the rocks for abalone to meet insatiable demand from Asia for the gourmet mollusc.

Knysna estuary discoloration to be tested

2014-03-18 10:07

The cause of a red-brown discoloration in the water at a Knysna estuary will be determined through analysis of water samples, the Garden Route National Park says.

Whale freed at St James beach

2014-03-15 18:17

A whale has been freed after becoming entangled in ropes off St James beach in Cape Town, the National Sea Rescue Institute says.

6 animals that will survive an apocalypse

2014-03-11 10:22

Science has shown that nature is volatile and constantly trying to kill us in some way or another, but there are certain animals that have the ability to face nature and win

Two dolphins rescued in W Cape

2014-03-10 08:51

Two dolphins have been rescued from Langebaan Lagoon in the Western Cape after getting stranded, the National Sea Rescue Institute says.

Help save African penguins

2014-03-05 15:06

A group of animal keepers and enthusiasts from around South Africa will be walking 120km to raise awareness about the plight of African penguins.

Appetite for food and resources killing our oceans

2014-02-26 13:27

Countries big and small have come together in California to find ways to prevent oceans from being destroyed by a rapacious global appetite for food and resources.

Mexico experts sight rare 'water monster'

2014-02-24 11:24

Scientists have discovered that Mexico's salamander-like axolotl apparently hasn't disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico City's few remaining lakes.

Indonesia announces massive manta ray sanctuary

2014-02-21 11:34

Indonesia has become home to the world's biggest manta ray sanctuary covering millions of square kilometres, as it seeks to protect the huge winged fish and draw more tourists to the sprawling archipelago.

Appreciating rhythm a rarity in animals

2014-02-17 16:22

Dogs may bark to music and chimps may bang on drums, but creatures that can truly keep a beat are rare, raising intriguing questions about the evolution of the human brain.

Ancient fish pivotal in evolution of face

2014-02-13 18:42

Scientists in Sweden are beginning to understand the amazing complexities that go into the formation of the face by examining a 425-million-year-old fish.

Killer whales die in rare mass stranding

2014-02-12 14:00

A pod of nine killer whales has died in a rare mass stranding on the New Zealand coast, in a loss conservationists said was a major blow to the local orca population.

New Zealand protests Japan whaling incursion

2014-02-10 12:00

New Zealand has called in Tokyo's ambassador to protest about a Japanese whaling ship entering its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), escalating a diplomatic row over the incident.

Scientists blown away by giant jellyfish

2014-02-07 13:00

Residents of a sleepy hamlet in Tasmania have found a previously unknown kind of giant jellyfish washed up on a beach, prompting excitement among scientists in Australia.


Pic of girl straddling shark goes viral

2014-04-16 11:07

A photograph of an Australian teenage girl straddling a 3m shark after it washed up on shore has gone viral

Race to contain oil spill at Richards Bay

2014-04-14 14:25

Authorities are currently addressing an oil spill that occurred in Richards Bay after an underground corroded pipeline burst.

Japan says no decision on 2015-16 whaling

2014-04-14 10:49

Japan has insisted it had made no decision on whether to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean next year, after an environmental group says Tokyo intended to evade the ruling.

Norwegian fisherman lands dildo-eating cod

2014-04-11 21:00

An unexpectedly sexy catch ended up in the net of a Norwegian fisherman, who says that he had landed a cod with a dildo in its stomach.

Japan kills 251 minke whales in final hunt

2014-04-09 07:35

Japan has killed 251 minke whales during the 2014 Antarctic hunt, in what is expected to be the last "research whaling" mission in the Southern Ocean after an international court ruling.

Greenpeace: Our oceans are in crisis

2014-04-07 12:20

Greenpeace has released a new report focusing on one of the largest fishing ports in Senegal - a place that once swarmed with fish but is now facing a fish shortage.

Methane-spewing microbe blamed for mass extinctions

2014-04-01 19:28

A microbe triggered a global catastrophe 252 million years ago that wiped out upwards of 90% of marine species and 70% of land vertebrates.

If Japan stops whaling, militants will target Europe

2014-03-31 18:54

Environmental movement Sea Shepherd is ready to refocus its attention on stopping whaling by Norway and other European nations if Japan abides by a UN court order.

Durban: Sasol plans deep sea oil exploration

2014-03-28 09:35

Sasol Petroleum, as part of their continued search for oil and gas will set sail on a seismic survey of the coast off KwaZulu-Natal.

Deep diving whale surprises scientists

2014-03-27 13:14

If there were a gold medal for cetacean diving, it undoubtedly would go to the Cuvier's beaked whale.

Rare female crocodile suffocated during mating

2014-03-19 21:56

A very rare and endangered female crocodile has died of suffocation in a Dutch zoo during attempted mating with a "dominant" male partner, the zoo says.

30 Dolphins die in ice off Canadian coast

2014-03-18 08:44

30 white-beaked dolphins have died after being trapped in ice off the coast of Canada's Newfoundland province, and three remaining alive are not faring well, officials say.

Australia hatches first IVF shark

2014-03-12 11:40

Australia has successfully hatched its first shark born via artificial insemination with hopes that the development can be used to help breed threatened species, an aquarium says.

Cameraman recounts death of Steve Irwin

2014-03-10 12:22

The cameraman who witnessed the death of Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin has revealed a stingray stabbed at him "hundreds of times" and his final words were "I'm dying."

Japan to halve tuna catch in Northern Pacific

2014-03-09 22:26

Japan plans to slash by half the amount of juvenile bluefin tuna taken from the Northern Pacific starting in 2015, compared to the 2002-2004 average, reports say.

Study: No more escargot for you

2014-03-04 15:14

Escargot, one of France's signature dishes, may be off the menu if the country fails to stem an invasion by a slimy worm from Southeast Asia, scientists warn.

Kerry calls for collective action to save oceans

2014-02-26 12:41

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned royalty, corporate kings and environmental warriors that governments won't save the seas without "significant impetus" from every sphere of society.

Puerto Rico to monitor bioluminescent bay

2014-02-21 17:15

Puerto Rico is building a water quality monitoring station to help protect a popular bioluminescent bay in the neighbouring Island of Vieques.

Whale rescued from tangled fishing line

2014-02-21 09:31

Wildlife experts have cut away more than 85m of commercial fishing line being dragged by an endangered right whale off the Georgia coast.

Kitty litter parasite infects Arctic beluga whales

2014-02-14 09:33

A parasite that is found in cats and can cause brain disease, blindness and miscarriage in people has been found for the first time in Arctic beluga whales.

Hefty fine for killing great white shark

2014-02-13 07:29

An Australian man has been fined for killing a juvenile great white shark by ramming it with his boat then beating it to death with a metal pole.

New Zealand demands Japan apology over whaling

2014-02-11 11:00

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key wants Japan to apologise over a whaling ship entering Wellington's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), despite warnings for it to keep out.

Australian spear fisherman killed by shark

2014-02-08 11:02

A man has been killed by a shark on while spear fishing with friends off the south Australian coast.

Giant jellyfish surprises family

2014-02-06 08:29

Scientists are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on an Australian beach and surprised a family because of its size.

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