Environment

Scientists say a group living in the Araguaia River, Brazil has been isolated from other varieties for more than two million years

Extracts from Graham Jones' 'Last Shop Standing': Week 2

Last Shop Standing lifts the lid on an industry in tatters. Graham Jones has worked at the heart of record retailing since the golden era of the 1980s. He was there during the years of plenty and has witnessed the tragic decline of a business blighted by corruption and corporate greed. Last Shop Standing is a hilarious yet ahrrowing account by a man who has been there and sold that.

Killer whales 'decimating harbour seal population'

The catastrophic decline of the common seal population in Scottish waters could be blamed partly on killer whales, marine biologists believe.

Study finds 6,000 rare Irrawaddy dolphins off Bangladesh

Thousands of rare Irrawaddy dolphins have been found in Bangladeshi waters, a wildlife advocacy group said today, a hopeful sign for a vulnerable species found only in small numbers elsewhere.

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Fiona Phillips, broadcaster

Stranded whales returned to sea

Ten long-finned pilot whales were returned to sea today after surviving a mass stranding on a remote southwest Australian beach and appeared to be swimming away after some initial disorientation, an official said.

Beached whales rescued in Australia

Rescuers used jet skis, excavators and human muscle to save dozens of whales and dolphins stranded on a beach in southern Australia today, officials said.

The Dolphin People, By Torsten Krol

The Dolphin People is a great big tidal wave of a book that will pick you up and whisk you along for the two or three days that it takes to read. You'll read it in bed, at breakfast and on the bus.

Catch cuttlefish, drain off the ink, then fillet. Serves five (dolphins)

Scientists stunned by mammals' elaborate culinary preparations

£500,000 fine for death vessel company

A national prosecutor has ordered a Norwegian firm to pay a 5m kroner fine - almost £500,000 - for a 2007 accident that killed eight people.

Cheetahs face extinction without protection, UN warns

The cheetah is in danger of becoming the latest casualty in the mass extinction of species. The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) said the big cat was critically endangered, and wants increased protection for the world's fastest land animal. Habitat loss, over-hunting and the lack of an effective captive breeding programme were blamed for the population decline to just 10 per cent of historic levels.

Terence Blacker: We are the real savages of the show

The celebrities-in-a-wood show is back on TV. A Page Three girl has eaten a kangaroo's testicle and was worried, rather touchingly, that she might become pregnant. The show is a sort of annual ritual which follows a predictable routine – the pretty one in the "jungle" strips down to a bikini, the mad one gets madder, the presenters giggle on the sidelines, and so on. Outside, familiar controversies are revisited, too.

Phelps' magnificent seven

With apologies to Alex Ferguson: swimming, bloody hell. On yet another barely credible day in the sporting life of America's titanic dolphin man, Michael Phelps came from behind yesterday to win the equivalent of a photo finish by a whisker in the 100m butterfly to earn his seventh gold medal of these Games.

BG-led consortium in '150 million-barrel' discovery in North Sea

A consortium led by BG Group has found an oilfield in the North Sea, just over 60 miles off the coast of Norway, which its exploration partner estimates could run to as much as 150 million barrels.

Whales under threat of extinction

A quarter of whales, dolphins and porpoises are threatened with extinction, with one in 10 species endangered to the very highest levels, a study by conservationists will reveal today.

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