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In a story similar to the plot of the film Castaway starring Tom Hanks, Jose Ivan was found on the atoll having floated 8,000 miles from Mexico

Boy meets girl

Horse sports are unique in that the males and females of the species compete head-to-head, and this afternoon Leopardstown stages just such a showdown. The battle is for supremacy in the two-year-old division; in the six-furlong Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes. Verglas carries the flag for the colts and Ocean Ridge for the fillies.

O'Sullivan's illusions exposed by Wang

Ken Jones witnesses triumph and disaster in the women's 5,000 metres

Come to Sipadan - before the turtles get camera shy

I'll give you money back on any dive on which you don't see a giant turtle," the dive master said on my first day on Sipadan island. He never paid me a cent. We swam among swirling schools of barracuda, through thousands of darting coral fish and above white-tip reef sharks that looked as if they were cruising around together humming the theme tune from Jaws. By the third day we weren't even bothering to point out the five-foot turtles that were a feature of every dive.

Spinning World on top

Sue Montgomery tips a French invader to triumph in today's Irish 2,000 Guineas

Girls like it hot, but boys don't

How do Florida's loggerhead turtles decide where to lay their eggs? Researchers think it could be critical in keeping a balance between males and females. Malcolm Smith reports

Travel: Big nose, bulging belly, unmissable

Wildlife tourism is new to Sabah in Malaysia, and all the better for it. By Frances Cairncross

Zoologist lifts lid on evolution of tortoise shells

Comedians might wonder why the chicken crossed the road, but scientists have a more vexing question: how did the tortoise gets its shell? An Australian zoologist working on fossil records believes he has the answer.

We will fight them on the beaches ...

Tourism and conservation are at loggerheads on an idyllic Greek island, writes Chas Walton

TRAVEL; A night out with a turtle

Avoiding crocodiles and snakes in Costa Rica, John Carlin settled for peaceful reptiles and a violent volcano

Raid hits trade in endangered species

Seized medicines allegedly made from parts of tigers, rhino, bears and tortoises. Louise Jury reports

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Eddie Izzard: man or turtle?

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LEADING ARTICLE: The camera and the limit

For most of us the story about the tortoise and the hare has had the quality of a soothing myth; an improving tale, its purpose to console the slower or dumber amongst us that we too can sometimes succeed. It ain't true, though it makes us feel better. But it now seems that Aesop was right all along. A motorway full of hares, says the Government, will travel more slowly than one full of tortoises. And the answer is to make chelonian reptiles of us all.
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