Environment

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

Tancock ready to set the early pace

Just because Liam Tancock has swum 50 metres on his back faster than anyone in history does not make the Devonian a favourite to reach the podium here in Beijing. For a start, there is no 50m backstroke on the Olympics schedule. The 23-year-old will compete in the 100m, the heats starting today at 8.08pm (1.08pm in the UK).

Hi-tech 'pinger' to save dolphins from fishing nets

Conservationists in Cornwall are planning to use a hi-tech sonic device in a battle to save the last group of bottlenose dolphins to swim in English waters.

What does our financial future have to do with the price of fish? Everything, according to this Hastings boozer

The Dolphin Inn, 12 Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex, tel: 01424 431 197

Sailors find dead dolphin in garden

Two sailors were amazed when they woke to find a dead dolphin in the garden of their Dorset home - especially as they live on a steep hill half a mile from the sea.

Wet and wild: Britain's coasts are home to many exotic creatures

Puffins, dolphins, sand lizards, seals - Ifunanya Ifeacho on the species to see and where

The Big Question: What causes dolphins to swim to a point where they become stranded?

It appears that mass strandings are increasing, or are at least more widely reported

'Siren calls' tempt dolphins to their deaths

At least 21 dolphins died yesterday in the biggest mass stranding of marine animals in almost 30 years.

Dolphins stranded in Cornish river

A major rescue operation was under way today after a pod of 15 dolphins became stranded in a river, causing many more to follow them.

Killer whales blamed for decline of Scottish seals

Attacks by killer whales may be helping to drive the sudden and mysterious decline of seals around the northern coasts of Scotland, new research suggests.

Save the whales: How Moko the dolphin came to the rescue of a mother and her calf

The two beached whales were in distress. Rescuers had tried without success to push them back out to sea. It looked as if they would have to be put down. Then Moko the bottlenose dolphin appeared. In an incident that amazed conservationists, the dolphin – apparently responding to the whales' distress calls – led them to safety.

Scottish dolphins 'at risk from oil drilling'

The future of Britain's most famous dolphins is at risk from oil and gas exploration, conservationists say.

Last Night's TV: Give me plain Jane, not soft porn

Sense and Sensibility, BBC1; Jam and Jerusalem, BBC1

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