Environment Japanese fishermen transporting slaughtered dolphins in Taiji harbour; the water of the cove is red with the blood of dead animals. Locals brand criticism of the cull 'cultural imperialism'

Hundreds of dolphins are killed in a remote Japanese bay during hunting season. The town argues it is an important tradition, but conservationists maintain the bloody practice is inhumane

Taiji Cove: 250 bottlenose dolphins await slaughter or captivity as selection begins

Conservationists warn the captive selection process will begin again tomorrow

The huge shoal of herring were swimming too close to the surface when the water suddenly froze around them, completely stopping them in their tracks and creating the incredible sight.

Harsh wind hits Norwegian bay so suddenly that thousands of fish are flash-frozen

The incredible image was captured from the tiny island of Lovund in central Norway after temperatures suddenly dipped, freezing the water and trapping the fish

Conservationists have reacted angrily to the launch of a beer made using whale meat

Whale meat beer claiming to turn drinkers into Vikings is slammed as ‘immoral’ by conservationists

The Icelandic beer has been launched in association with a whaling company to mark a festival to the Norse god Thor

Fishermen have found two conjoined gray whale calves in a northwestern Mexican lagoon, a discovery that a government marine biologist described as

Conjoined gray whale calves discovered in Mexican lagoon could be world's first ever documented find, experts say

Experts said that while other species have been found to have conjoined twins, the find is ‘without any precedent’ among gray whales

Three dead minke whales lie on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru as it travels through the Southern Ocean

Photos show Japanese boats 'whaling in internationally protected area'

Anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd say they shot the footage showing dead whales in pools of blood

The conversation: Environmental activist Laurens de Groot on running from seal clubbers and why you don't mess with Russia

Sea Shepherd would aim to scupper missions by any means, whether it was throwing foul-smelling acid or sinking ships. At what point did you join?

Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth, By Ranulph Fiennes. Simon & Schuster £20

It says something of Ranulph Fiennes's character that his response to having to pull out of the winter crossing of Antarctica expedition he'd been planning for five years was to go away and write this book. It's this positive, can-do attitude that has made him one of the most intrepid and enduring explorers of the modern era.

A scene from the Oscar-winning documentary ‘The Cove’, showing dolphin hunters off the coast of Taiji

Dolphin killing town in The Cove to open a marine park - and continue annual slaughter

Taiji will continue to hunt small whales and dolphins despite project

How Britain's taste for fish and chips is putting endangered fin whales at risk

Campaigners urge UK firm to halt imports from Icelandic fishing giant with links to whalers

Film review: Blackfish (15)

Save the whale? After watching this documentary about the mistreatment of killer whales, you'll never mock that sentiment again. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's sobering film recounts the story of Tilikum, an orca snatched from its mother as a calf and set to work entertaining the public at SeaWorld, an aquatic theme park in Florida.

Lounge suit: What to pack for lazy days by the sea

(Clockwise from top left) 1. Straw hat, £6, matalan.co.uk

Surfers look at a whale while waiting for waves at Bondi beach in Sydney. A surfer was taken to local St Vincent's Hospital after being knocked unconscious by the giant's tail flick

Having a whale of a time... till giant's tail flick sends surfers flying

It was the size of a bus, and sea-loving Bishan Rajapakse came off worst

Jim Armitage: Politicians put all eggs in one basket on energy

It's really little wonder fracking is such a big deal for our political leaders. Because they some years ago bet our energy future on the hissing stuff when deciding on the next generation of electricity power stations.

Human-shaped figures and pendants of whale ivory strung on fine plaited coir cords. Probably presented to Lady Gordon, 1875 - 80, Fiji.

Review: Chiefs and Governors: Art and Power in Fiji, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Necklaces made from whale ivory and fish hooks of ivory, pearl and turtle shell were part of a lavish system of gifts between Fiji’s chiefs and their first British governor in the nineteenth century.

Clarke: whales had begun to annoy him, he said, because they ate the other animals he studied

Professor Malcolm Clarke: Acclaimed authority on the
sperm whale and giant squid

Malcolm Clarke was an international expert on two animals which remain among the most mysterious on the planet: the sperm whale and the giant squid. He spent most of his adult life pursuing these creatures, from the whaling grounds of the Antarctic,to the deep waters off the Azores – the remote archipelago where he lived latterly, within daily sight of his subjects.

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