Environment

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

Captured on film: dolphin bloodbath Japan tries to hide

Documentary team – including the man who trained Flipper – aims to stop the annual slaughter

Rhys Darby: It's Rhys Darby Night, Udderbelly, Edinburgh

The clue to one of this show's weaknesses is already in the title; it's homage time.

The Complete Guide To: Whale & dolphin watching

As a week devoted to these marvellous marine mammals begins, Harriet O'Brien explores the best places to encounter them in the wild

Navy exercises blamed over dead dolphins

Naval exercises could have contributed to the mass stranding of 26 dolphins on the Cornish coast a year ago, a scientific report found today.

Killer whales 'decimating harbour seal population'

The catastrophic decline of the common seal population in Scottish waters could be blamed partly on killer whales, marine biologists believe.

Stranded whales returned to sea

Ten long-finned pilot whales were returned to sea today after surviving a mass stranding on a remote southwest Australian beach and appeared to be swimming away after some initial disorientation, an official said.

Beached whales rescued in Australia

Rescuers used jet skis, excavators and human muscle to save dozens of whales and dolphins stranded on a beach in southern Australia today, officials said.

£500,000 fine for death vessel company

A national prosecutor has ordered a Norwegian firm to pay a 5m kroner fine - almost £500,000 - for a 2007 accident that killed eight people.

Swimming with humpbacks: the journey of life

A hunting ban has restored numbers of the humpback whale but scientists warn one-fifth of all mammals could soon die out.

Whales under threat of extinction

A quarter of whales, dolphins and porpoises are threatened with extinction, with one in 10 species endangered to the very highest levels, a study by conservationists will reveal today.

What does our financial future have to do with the price of fish? Everything, according to this Hastings boozer

The Dolphin Inn, 12 Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex, tel: 01424 431 197

Rescuers fail to save sick whale

A sick whale had to be put down last night after it repeatedly beached itself on sandbanks.

The Big Question: What causes dolphins to swim to a point where they become stranded?

It appears that mass strandings are increasing, or are at least more widely reported

'Siren calls' tempt dolphins to their deaths

At least 21 dolphins died yesterday in the biggest mass stranding of marine animals in almost 30 years.

Tough new rules brought in to curb Scottish seal killings

As headless animals are found on a Skye beach, the government takes action to stop year-round slaughter
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Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'