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?

Or do you find it disturbing? Would you describe it as moving or peaceful? Or does beautiful come to mind?

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee