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

First Penguincam, now Squidcam - and 13 other high-tech animals: BBC engineers create beasts to mimic and spy on sea creatures

Model makers and engineers working for the BBC have created a mechanical shoal disguised as 14 different types of sea creature – each capable of filming underwater.

How Britain's taste for fish and chips is putting endangered fin whales at risk

Campaigners urge UK firm to halt imports from Icelandic fishing giant with links to whalers

Dolphin spotted swimming in River Dee in Flintshire

A dolphin is being monitored by a marine rescue charity after chasing fish miles up a Welsh river and arriving into English waters.

Over 700 seals were spotted in the Thames Estuary in a count by conservationists

Seal count discovers over 700 in Thames Estuary

Over 700 seals have been counted in the Thames Estuary after the first ever count by land, air and sea.

Sunfish are seen as a delicacy in Japan, Taiwan and the Korean peninsula

The sunfish also rises in Britain – again

Survey of the nation's coastal waters reveals the first sighting this year of the giant marine animal

Indyplus video: Dolphins' research

According to remarkable research, dolphins can remember the sound of their loved ones whistles for 20 years, showing they may have a longer 'social memory' than even humans. The mammal has proved to be a uniquely clever specie. Watch videos of some other researches of the friendly sea animal:

Sea lions at Whipsnade Zoo have had problems with their eyesight

Whipsnade revamp gives its sea lions eye trouble

Safety report reveals that rises in chlorine in the pool where they perform their popular Splash show has caused deterioration in their vision

Film review: Blackfish (15)

Save the whale? After watching this documentary about the mistreatment of killer whales, you'll never mock that sentiment again. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's sobering film recounts the story of Tilikum, an orca snatched from its mother as a calf and set to work entertaining the public at SeaWorld, an aquatic theme park in Florida.

A £2,000 reward has been offered to trace suspects who killed a young dolphin in a hit-and-run boating incident

£2,000 reward offered in hunt for bottlenose dolphin killer in Cornwall's Camel estuary

A £2,000 reward has been offered to trace suspects who killed a young dolphin in a hit-and-run boating incident.

Surfers look at a whale while waiting for waves at Bondi beach in Sydney. A surfer was taken to local St Vincent's Hospital after being knocked unconscious by the giant's tail flick

Having a whale of a time... till giant's tail flick sends surfers flying

It was the size of a bus, and sea-loving Bishan Rajapakse came off worst

Human-shaped figures and pendants of whale ivory strung on fine plaited coir cords. Probably presented to Lady Gordon, 1875 - 80, Fiji.

Review: Chiefs and Governors: Art and Power in Fiji, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Necklaces made from whale ivory and fish hooks of ivory, pearl and turtle shell were part of a lavish system of gifts between Fiji’s chiefs and their first British governor in the nineteenth century.

The Ballad of Halo Jones, By Alan Moore and Ian Gibson

An ordinary superwoman who broke the mould

Starving sea lion pups fill California rescue centres on US west coast

Hundreds of starving sea lion pups are washing up on beaches in Southern California, overwhelming rescue centres and leaving scientists scrambling to figure out why.

Dead whale found floating in the Thames Estuary 'will be examined'

A 36ft long humpback whale found dead in the Thames Estuary this morning is being examined after being brought to shore.

Letterhead: Nicholas Hilliard’s miniature of Elizabeth I ‘limned’ on parchment

Exhibition review: Treasures of the Royal Courts - Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars

Ingenious use for an unwanted royal tribute – offload it on a passing tsar

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker