Increase in shark sightings, City of Cape Town warns

53 minutes ago

Beach and ocean users should expect an increase in in-shore shark activity over the spring and summer months, the City of Cape Town has warned.

Qatar coral reef at risk

2015-08-31 22:36

High sea temperatures off the coast of Qatar threaten precious coral reef and have caused mass deaths among 20 types of fish.

Enormous Pacific flotsam gyre mapped

2015-08-24 20:04

Researchers have returned from mapping and sampling a massive swirling cluster of debris floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists record bleaching Hawaii corals

2015-08-20 17:26

Scientists are creating 360-degree panoramic images of Hawaii's coral reefs as they start to bleach.

Anti-whaling activists barred from Faroe islands

2015-08-16 11:39

Five activists from the militant Sea Shepherd conservation group have been ordered to leave the Faroe Islands.

Zuma: SA to spend R9.2bn on Saldanha oil, gas hub

2015-08-13 14:13

A total of R9.2bn will be spent on developing Saldanha Bay as an oil and gas hub, says President Jacob Zuma.

Miami business leaders want orca released from captivity

2015-08-09 21:08

The mayor of Miami Beach and other South Florida leaders are joining the opposition to an orca's decades-long captivity at the Miami Seaquarium.

Toxic algae blooming in warm water of US West Coast

2015-08-05 19:17

A vast bloom of toxic algae off the US West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago.

Whale gets close-up of Buenos Aires, delighting onlookers

2015-08-04 10:57

A disoriented whale has stunned onlookers and delighted tourists at Buenos Aires' bustling waterfront, swimming alongside boats and periodically surfacing to the perplexed crowds.

California's shark fin ban upheld

2015-07-29 22:02

A federal appeals court has dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.


American anti-dolphin-hunt activist arrested in Japan

2015-09-01 16:56

Japanese police have arrested an American anti-dolphin-hunt activist for not carrying his passport.

Nearly all seabirds will eat plastic by 2050

2015-08-31 22:08

Most sea birds have already eaten plastic in the oceans, and scientists project that 99% will have done so by 2050.

Humans are super-predators with bad habits

2015-08-21 05:19

Humans are super-predators that upset the natural balance on Earth by killing far too many adult animals and fish.

5 facts about what's possibly the world's first flower

2015-08-19 09:17

The ancient aquatic plant, called the Montsechia vidalii, has overtaken the Archaefructus sinensis, an aquatic plant found in China, as one of the possible first flowers on the planet.

Australia to tag sharks but rules out cull

2015-08-14 09:57

Australia’s most populous state says it will boost the monitoring and tagging of sharks off its beaches but ruled out culling great whites after a spate of attacks left one surfer dead and two seriously hurt.

Unusual octopus likes rough sex

2015-08-13 09:51

Scientists are learning more about a mysterious octopus which taps its prey before stunning the unwitting victim into its arms, according to a study.

Barge brings tons of ocean debris to Seattle

2015-08-08 21:28

Hundreds of tons of marine debris have been collected from the shores of Alaska and British Columbia as part of an unprecedented clean-up effort that an organiser says barely made a dent in the rubbish that remains on beaches.

Argentine authorities lure whale from marina

2015-08-05 09:34

Argentine authorities have lured a whale out of a luxury Buenos Aires marina, hoping it will return to sea.

US Coast Guard checks oil slick off California

2015-07-29 23:30

The US Coast Guard is investigating a large oil sheen off the California coast west of Santa Barbara.

Whale deaths off Alaska island remains a mystery

2015-07-28 09:31

Researchers may never solve the recent deaths of 18 endangered whales whose carcasses were found floating near Alaska's Kodiak Island, a scientist working on the case says.

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