Environment

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

Bottlenose dolphins off Brazil drive fish towards fishermen and then swim away, nabbing lunch as they go

Nature: All things bright and beautiful

Scientists are arguing that dolphins are so clever they should be treated like humans. But why stop there? Simon Usborne salutes the smartest species

Marine intelligence: Whales and dolphins are the brains of the oceans

Proposed bill of rights for whales and dolphins

Marine biologists and philosophers have joined forces to support a controversial declaration of rights for whales and dolphins because their astonishing intelligence and emotional empathy makes them equal to humans.

Whales and dolphins are so intelligent they deserve same rights as humans, say experts

Marine biologists and philosophers have joined forces to support a controversial declaration of rights for whales and dolphins on the grounds that their astonishing intelligence and emotional empathy puts them on a par with humans.

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Stranded pilot whales are helped by volunteers at Farewell Spit on New Zealand's South Island

36 stranded whales die in New Zealand

A mass-stranding of whales on a New Zealand beach has left 36 of the creatures dead and threatens 40 more.

Seal deaths may be fatal attraction

Scientists believe they may have partly explained the mystery of the growing number of dead seals being washed up on UK shores exhibiting horrific "corkscrew" injuries.

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Whales returned to open seas after 25 die

Rescuers have returned 44 pilot whales to open water after a mass stranding in an estuary of a sea loch in the Scottish Highlands.

Whales stranded on loch shore

Three pilot whales have become stranded on the shore of a sea loch.

Pro-whaling nations walk out of meeting

Japan and other pro-whaling nations walked out of a meeting of the International Whaling Commission yesterday to protest against a proposal for a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic.

Whaling Commission accepts clean-up plan

British proposals to clean up the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which has been racked by allegations of corruption among its member countries, were accepted by the Commission at its meeting in Jersey last night.

Video: Clashes at Channel Island whaling meeting

Australia and Japan clash at International Whaling Commission meeting in the Channel Islands.

Whales move into deeper water

A pod of pilot whales at risk of beaching themselves in shallow waters off the Western Isles have "calmed down" overnight, rescuers said today.

Experts fear mass whale stranding

Marine experts have been deployed to the Western Isles to try to prevent a mass stranding of pilot whales.

Album: Cocoon, Where the Oceans End (Sober & Gentle)

The French duo Cocoon bring the softest of touches to bear with their folksy harmonies on Where the Oceans End, a maritime-themed collection in which their affinity for aquatic mammals is displayed in songs addressed to dolphins, whales, sea lions and most quaintly, "Baby Seal", the pup perhaps evoked by the quiet wisps of theremin or bowed saw that peek out from behind the strings.

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