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Charlie Jackson and Jason Cobb disappeared in the 'wet and stormy' early hours of Saturday morning

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Death toll from Philippines typhoon reaches over 1,000

The death toll from a typhoon that devastated mountainous and coastal towns in the southern Philippines with ferocious winds and flash floods this month has risen to more than 1,000.

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Mackerel, sardines and pollock: Currently the sixth, seventh and eighth most popular fish by volume in the UK, they are relatively plentiful and, in the case of mackerel and sardine, rich in fish oils

Fish oil supplements won't keep the doctor away, finds new research

Eating two portions of oily fish a week could help ward off a stroke, research suggests.

Fukushima fish are still radioactive

Radioactive caesium levels in most kinds of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima have not declined since Japan’s nuclear disaster 18 months ago, according to a marine chemist writing in the journal Science.

A golfing story to beat them all as shark falls from the sky at San Juan Hills Golf Club in California

The Capistrano Dispatch is the leader in the clubhouse for the most bizarre story of the week: A live two-foot long leopard shark appears to have fallen from the sky on Monday and landed near the 12th tee on the San Juan Hills Golf Club in California.

Krisztian Peter (left) and Norbert Barati of Hungary catch a carp during the 14th Carpfishing World Championship

The one that got away: Fishy goings on World Carp Angling Championships as England team accuse Romania of training fish to favour their bait

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Editorial: If a whale spoke to us, what would it say?

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea – runs a much-loved children's song – you swim so wild and you swim so free. And now, it seems, you may be chatting to us as well.

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