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

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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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