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

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Tilikum the orca performs at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida

Performing whales are not 'slaves', says US judge

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Stranded pilot whales are helped by volunteers at Farewell Spit on New Zealand's South Island

36 stranded whales die in New Zealand

A mass-stranding of whales on a New Zealand beach has left 36 of the creatures dead and threatens 40 more.

Man tries to sell whale's remains

Police are investigating claims that a man tried to sell the bones and teeth of a whale found dead on a beach.

Travel Photographer of the Year named

This year’s international Travel Photographer of the Year gong has been awarded to Louis Montrose from California for his images of a painted village in Burkino Faso and  the day of the dead festival in Mexico.

Diary: And whales might fly

The redoubtable Joan Collins OBE complains on Twitter of "an extremely irresponsible headline in AOL quoting me falsely that I said 'fat people are orca sized oafs'... I NEVER said that, this why the press have a dishonest reputation". Collins does reportedly allude to "Orca-sized oafs from Planet Girth" in her new book, The World According to Joan, but I haven't read it, so perhaps she is merely referring to a small minority of fat people. Nevertheless, she told the Daily Mail: "I certainly don't admire [fat people]. They are digging their graves with their own teeth. I think to be terribly overweight is incredibly unhealthy. And how do they get into a tiny lavatory on a plane? I feel sorry for them, I do."

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Whales returned to open seas after 25 die

Rescuers have returned 44 pilot whales to open water after a mass stranding in an estuary of a sea loch in the Scottish Highlands.

Whales stranded on loch shore

Three pilot whales have become stranded on the shore of a sea loch.

Pro-whaling nations walk out of meeting

Japan and other pro-whaling nations walked out of a meeting of the International Whaling Commission yesterday to protest against a proposal for a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic.

Whaling Commission accepts clean-up plan

British proposals to clean up the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which has been racked by allegations of corruption among its member countries, were accepted by the Commission at its meeting in Jersey last night.

Video: Clashes at Channel Island whaling meeting

Australia and Japan clash at International Whaling Commission meeting in the Channel Islands.

UK leads battle to clean up whaling commission

Japan accused of buying the support of members of the IWC with aid and bribery
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