Environment

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

Harpooned

Japanese to hunt sperm whales

Marine life being massacred as the world's oceans are turning toxic

THE WORLD'S oceans are suffering outbreaks of disease on an unprecedented scale, according to a group of leading marine biologists who cite man as the chief culprit.

Exposed: Norway's secret hoard of whale blubber

NORWAY HAS secretly built up a 500-ton "blubber mountain" from the carcasses of thousands of whales slaughtered in defiance of world opinion, The Independent reveals today.

Look out for moose on the loose

Newfoundland is wild, beautiful and almost tourist-free. But the wild animals are large and dangerous, writes Cleo Paskal

Letter: Friendly whale

Sir: This is one Washington State resident who finds the Makah kill sick ("Whale gives Indians a taste of their heritage", 19 May). Like a friendly puppy, the whale came over to the Makah boat and swam gently alongside it, conditioned by the whale-watching and other boats in our area to have no fear of boats. Instead of petting her, the murderers shoved a harpoon into her, followed by a barrage of 50-calibre bullets. This "tradition" belongs with the traditions of slavery, oppression of women and child labour.

Does this photo turn you on?

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Great whales face new threat as Japan moves to scrap sanctuary

JAPAN IS seeking to abolish the Southern Ocean whaling sanctuary agreed only five years ago, in a move that is fiercely opposed by anti- whaling nations, including Britain.

Cinema: It's alive! It's alive! But only just

Bill Condon's adaptation of Christopher Bram's novel Father of Frankenstein won him an Oscar last Sunday. Gods and Monsters is a sad, insular film. It tells the story of the last months in the life of the movie director James Whale (Ian McKellen), who was born working-class in Dudley, England, but reinvented himself as a gentleman in the trenches of the First World War, and went on to make the 1931 film of Frankenstein, and other artistically odd horror movies like The Invisible Man.

World's oldest whale is found in the Himalayas

A FOSSILISED jawbone of the world's oldest whale has been discovered in the foothills of the Himalayas - a part of the world that was once a sea separating two ancient continents.

Harpoon in the moral underbelly

In the name of tradition, a Native American tribe plans to hunt whales again. How does the liberal world react?
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