ARTICLES RELATING TO MARINE LIFE

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.

US plans wide seismic testing of sea floor

2014-07-29 14:03

The US is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers.

Calls for a 'controlled hunt' of seals

2014-07-22 05:00

Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.

'Bizarre' sea creatures found in China

2014-07-17 13:31

Researchers have discovered the fossilised remains, showing in fine detail the brain structures, of a bizarre group of sea creatures that were the top predators half a billion years ago.

Watch: Plane nearly rams into whale

2014-07-17 07:38

A dramatic video of a sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in to land in Alaska has become a hit online, and the man who shot it says it was blind luck.

Australian rescuers free stranded baby whale

2014-07-10 08:23

Australian rescuers freed a beached baby whale on Thursday almost two days after it became stranded on a popular beach, as a large crowd of onlookers cheered.

Perlemoen bust - 4 arrested

2014-07-08 22:44

Four foreign nationals have been arrested after a raid on an illegal perlemoen drying plant in Benoni on the East Rand.

Marine biologists urge end to Aussie shark cull

2014-07-04 07:25

Hundreds of the world's top marine scientists have called for Australia to ditch its shark cull policy, arguing there is no evidence that it makes beaches safer, a report says.

5 things about Cousteau's undersea mission

2014-07-02 22:35

Five things to know about Fabien Cousteau's 31-day underwater experiment in the Florida Keys.

88% of ocean's surface has plastic debris: Study

2014-07-02 10:30

As much as 88% of the open ocean's surface contains plastic debris, raising concern about the effect on marine life and the food chain, scientists say.

Whale rescued near Cape Point

2014-06-29 19:42

A ten metre adolescent humpback whale has been rescued near Cape Point, the SA Whale Disentanglement Network says.

Oldest animal-built reef found in Namibia

2014-06-27 12:38

Researchers say they have found fossils of the oldest-known animal-made reef in Namibia, built by a small, filter-feeding seabed creature called Cloudina.

Should we capture fish just to look at them?

2014-06-27 08:43

Scientists say the aquarium fishery off the Hawaii's Big Island is well managed, but it has become the focus of a fight over whether it's appropriate to remove fish from reefs for people to look at and enjoy.

Kids gasp in horror as whale gets carved up

2014-06-26 12:23

As Japan's whaling season starts, workers in Minamiboso carved up one of the animals as a crowd of school students and residents watched, with free samples of its fried meat handed out later.

N Zealand may allow oil rig in dolphin sanctuary

2014-06-24 11:42

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has dismissed concerns about allowing oil exploration in waters set aside to protect the world's rarest dolphin as 'mumbo jumbo'.

 

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.

Fishing in Paris ‘trending' for young hipsters

2014-07-23 08:20

The once polluted Seine River in France has now become a hub for fishermen from all over the world. The waterway has been cleaned up and turned into a popular haunt for young bohemians.

Rare find: A blue red king crab

2014-07-21 09:28

A rare blue-coloured red king crab was part of a fisherman's catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska.

Choked on a sea lion, be careful what you eat

2014-07-17 10:00

A great white shark that washed up on an Australian beach this week had a sea lion stuck in its throat which likely caused its death, fisheries officials say.

Famous Alaskan whale killed by ship

2014-07-14 11:04

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 12m female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat.

Rush to rescue stranded whale in Australia

2014-07-09 16:03

Australian authorities have struggled to rescue a beached baby whale and have been forced to suspend the operation as fading light hampered efforts to return it to sea.

Scalloped hammer sharks listed as endangered

2014-07-04 13:05

The National Marine Fisheries Service have classified as endangered and threatened four distinct populations of a shark species whose fins are favoured as an ingredient in shark fin soup.

Calls for speed limits on Great Barrier Reef

2014-07-03 14:32

Cargo ships travelling in the Great Barrier Reef area should have speed limits in known whale zones to reduce fatal collisions, a report says.

Caribbean corals could vanish in 20 years

2014-07-02 12:59

Caribbean coral reefs could disappear within 20 years as overfishing has all but wiped out the fish that feast on coral-smothering algae, the UN says.

132 seahorses seized

2014-07-01 21:03

Seahorses with an estimated value of R100 000 have been seized at a container depot near Port Elizabeth.

Norway takes on sea lice

2014-06-27 13:25

Norway may introduce new measures to combat the levels of sea lice in the fish farming industry, fisheries minister Elisabeth Aspaker says.

Fishermen throw away $1bn worth of fish a year

2014-06-27 10:59

US commercial fishermen are throwing away about $1bn worth of edible fish each year, according to a conservation group which is advocating for incentives to stop the waste.

Alaska humpback whales may lose endangered status

2014-06-26 14:28

Alaska's humpback whales are swimming a little closer to losing their status as an endangered species after being federally protected for more than 40 years.

Fish farming could feed SA poor

2014-06-25 08:39

An innovative fish farm project in Cape Town could help poor communities find new ways to make a living by growing fish for sale in shipping containers.

Calls for a 5 year deadline to curb over-fishing

2014-06-24 08:37

Governments should set a five-year deadline to crack down on over-fishing and pollution, or parts of the oceans may have to be declared off-limits to industrial fishing.

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