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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

Video: Whale found dead off UK coast

A 45-foot sperm whale has been discovered dead off the coast of east Kent.

197 beached pilot whales die

An entire pod of 197 pilot whales found stranded on a New Zealand beach have died, including 48 that were euthanised, government officials said yesterday.

107 pilot whales die in New Zealand stranding

All members of a pod of 107 pilot whales that stranded on a remote New Zealand beach have died, including 48 that were euthanised, the government's conservation department said today.

Protesters stop whale hunt

Anti-whaling activists' high-seas confrontations with Japanese ships forced Tokyo to cut short its annual Antarctic whale hunt for the first time yesterday.

The Solo Voyage Diaries: Dolphin or a cup of tea?

Chris Stanmore-Major: Come on, own up: who switched off the wind? Ha ha yes very funny, now turn it back on!

Rise in number of sunburnt whales

An increase in the number of whales with sunburnt skin has been documented by scientists after they took photographs and tissue samples of the animals.

Archaeologists dig up 200-year-old skeleton of London's Moby Dick

Remarkable discoveries on the River Thames foreshore at Greenwich indicate that London was the final resting place, some two centuries ago, of a giant whale the size of the legendary Moby Dick.

Seal mutilation 'caused by boat propeller'

A clue has emerged in the hunt to find what is causing the horrific corkscrew injuries to many dozens of seals whose bodies have been washed up along Britain's east coast this summer.

Eleven whales saved from mass stranding

Rescuers refloated 11 beached pilot whales using a crane and body sling yesterday after a mass stranding of 58 animals on Karikari Beach in northern New Zealand.

Mysterious 'corkscrew' kills dozens of seals on east coast

Scientists are baffled by the mutilated carcasses of dozens of seals washing up on the British coast this summer, each bearing near-identical and as yet unexplained "corkscrew" lacerations.

'Superpod' of 1,000 dolphins spotted off Skye

A group of wildlife spotters taking a boat trip off the north coast of Skye encountered an enormous "superpod" of 1,000 dolphins.

Gigantic jaws of ancient whale could bring down Moby Dick

It had the biggest bite of any whale and were it not for the fact that it went extinct millions of years before the fabled Moby Dick, there is little doubt that it would have made Captain Ahab turn in his watery grave.

Right-wing Japanese protesters banned from film of dolphin cull

A Japanese court has issued a rare ban against demonstrators who have hounded screenings of an Oscar-winning documentary exposing the country's infamous annual dolphin cull.

Philip Hoare: A victory for the whalers, a defeat for humanity

The IWC's decision to retain its ban on whaling does not mean that the killings will stop. Quite the reverse
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