Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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Doting killer whale grandmothers help their grand calves survive, particularly in times of food scarcity, scientists have reported.
A whale shark's mouth might not seem like the most hospitable environment for a home, but Japanese researchers have found there's no place like it for a newly-discovered shrimp-like creature.
Umhlanga Beach has been closed to the public as it is feared a whale carcass might attract sharks.
Thousands of fish washed up dead on the shores of Lake Koroneia in northern Greece as a result of high temperatures and declining water levels, authorities say.
A team of international scientists says it has found no evidence of large animals like a dinosaur in Scotland's Loch Ness - but lots of eel DNA.
The City of Cape Town, along with the Shark Spotting Programme, have for the past 18 months been monitoring the now complete disappearance of great white sharks from False Bay.
Japan insisted it no longer hunts endangered sei whales in international waters, but faced accusations of still violating a wildlife treaty by allowing commercialisation of meat from past catches.
An autonomous 'SharkCam' has been used in the UK for the first time to observe the behaviour of basking sharks. WATCH NOW.
After a two-hour operation, SA Whale Disentanglement Network officials have freed a 9-metre humpback whale that became entangled in fishing rope.
A distressed seal and a loggerhead turtle have been rescued after becoming trapped in fishing net in Kommetjie.
An English tourist had his foot bitten off by a shark while another was bitten during the attack in the Whitsunday Islands near Australia's Great Barrier Reef on Tuesday, officials said.
Seven pilot whales were found dead on an eastern Indonesian beach, an official says, after 17 were stranded in the remote area.
How do you weigh a living whale? Researchers from Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) devised a way to accurately estimate the weight of free-living whales using only aerial images taken by drones.
A dedicated band of Jamaicans are rescuing coral reefs, showing nature can heal. WATCH NOW.
Authorities say one whale calf has been found dead on a beach on the Hawaii island of Maui near where 10 other whales were found stranded alive.
A proposal to strengthen protection for mako sharks, hunted for their meat and fins, was adopted by 102 countries at the CITES global wildlife trade summit in Geneva.
A humpback whale has been euthanised after it beached at Kabeljous Beach near Jeffreys Bay, the National Sea Rescue Institute says.
Volunteers from a local search and rescue squad worked through the night, trying to keep the animals in wet conditions. Another 20 whales were dead on the beach.
A year-long recording of the high-pitched clicks made by Beluga whales has been salvaged from the Arctic after the crew of a Swedish icebreaker chanced upon a research buoy adrift in hazardous pack ice.
Canada is airlifting salmon upstream after a rockslide blocked the path of the migrating fish, triggering concerns of a permanent loss of fish populations, government officials said.
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