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

End of moratorium on whaling threatens more blood in the seas

The moratorium on commercial whaling, one of the world's major environmental achievements, is in danger of being abandoned after 24 years at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) which begins this week in Morocco.

NZ protester denies assault on Japanese whaler

On activist from New Zealand who boarded a Japanese whaling ship as part of a protest in February pleaded guilty yesterday to charges including trespassing and destruction of property, but denied assault.

Shedding light on creatures of the deep

The guitarfish, the slender snipe eel and the stoplight loosejaw are just some of the oddly named and weird looking creatures being showcased at London’s Natural History Museum for a new exhibition exploring the depths of the ocean, which opens this week.

Outside Edge (16/05/10)

Avram Grant is tipped to be heading to West Ham, but what of another of Portsmouth's many managers in recent years, Tony Adams? Things seemed to have gone a bit quiet for the lad in recent times, but the former Arsenal hero is back. And how, with a reputed £1m-a-year contract to manage Gabala FC. What? You've never heard of them? How could you have missed a side sitting respectably mid-table in the Azerbaijan Premier League? Possibly picking his words carefully, one of Adams's new players said: "We welcome the great Tony Adams; we can be very proud to have such a great footballer as our coach." His name: Tarzen Jahangirov. Be careful, Tony, it's a jungle out there.

Whale hunting 'peace plan' under fire

A bid to break the impasse between countries over the global ban on whaling by allowing the first legal commercial hunting of whales in nearly 25 years came under fire from conservationists today.

Philip Hoare: Brutality on the high seas

As the politics plays out, there is always one loser: the whale itself

Leading article: The moratorium on whaling must stay

In the month when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, meeting in Doha, failed to take action to protect the bluefin tuna from extinction, it is even more depressing to learn that the International Whaling Commission is now seriously considering plans to end the moratorium on commercial whaling.

Whaling: the great betrayal

Outrage as secret deal set to sweep away international moratorium

Philip Hoare: Leviathans in need of more protection

Wellington Notebook: A proposal to allow Japan commercial whaling rights in return for their agreement to stop whaling in the Southern Ocean is set to bring matters to crisis point

My Life In Travel: Mark Carwardine, environmentalist, writer, television presenter and wildlife photographer

'I've been jailed, beaten up and shot at when travelling'

SeaWorld owners to keep Whale that drowned trainer

Despite calls to free or destroy the animal, SeaWorld said it will keep the killer whale that drowned its trainer, but will suspend all orca shows while it decides whether to change the way handlers work with the behemoths.

Australia calls for an end to whaling

Australia has called for a gradual phasing out of whaling around the world in a proposal submitted to the International Whaling Commission.

Trainer dies after attack by killer whale

A female trainer was attacked and killed by a killer whale in front of dozens of horrified tourists yesterday. Eyewitness reports suggested the orca, which has been involved in two previous deaths, rose up to grab Dawn Brancheau by the waist and shook her violently before dragging her under water.

Thousand gather for whale's funeral in Vietnam

Thousands of Vietnamese fishermen gave a royal send-off to a 15-ton dead whale, gathering at a southern Vietnamese village to pay homage at a funeral for the creature they call Your Excellency.

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