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

Rupert Cornwell: Of shipwrecks, survival – and cannibalism

Out of America: Historic find has links to a grisly saga that inspired 'Moby-Dick'

John Walsh: And they call this democracy?

Waiting for the Tube on Monday morning, I met a friend I hadn't seen for a while. He was a successful barrister last time I saw him. How was the advocacy business? "It's fine," he replied, "but I'm spending most of this week at the House of Lords, staying up all night dealing in minute bits of legislation." Indeed, I said (adopting a grave expression), I respect your commitment to helping the Upper House pass vital bills...

Skeleton of Thames whale goes on show

Laid bare, the remains of a beast that captivated a nation one dark winter.

The Passages of Herman Melville, By Jay Parini

The truth about Melville remains as elusive as that great white whale

Video: Whalers clash with activists in Antarctic

A whaling organisation sponsored by Japan releases footage of Sea Shepherd activists apparently throwing flares and smoke bombs at a ship.

Japanese whalers and activists clash off Antarctica

Japanese whalers shot water cannons at anti-whaling activists today, the conservationist group's founder claimed, hours after the activists tracked down the hunting fleet in the remote and icy seas off Antarctica.

Arctic's vanishing sea ice presents polar bear with a new danger – grizzlies

Fears for future of gene pool as interbreeding between vulnerable species driven together by global warming gathers pace

The magnificent seven: global wildlife highlights

1. There she blows: Whale-watching

It's a heart-stopping moment: a distant spout breaks the horizon and your boat changes course. In the blink of an eye the vast, apparently empty ocean has come alive.

Travel By Numbers: Kenyan coast

The nation's shoreline has a lot to offer, from tropical beaches to Swahili heritage.

Rise in number of sunburnt whales

An increase in the number of whales with sunburnt skin has been documented by scientists after they took photographs and tissue samples of the animals.

Hold The Back Page: 16/10/2010

Squeaky bum time for...

Round-the-world sailors

If ever you doubted the magnitude of the achievement that is sailing around the world with little but waves, whales and a webcam for company, check out these stats: 700 people have reached Everest's summit, 518 have ventured into space, but fewer than 180 have circumnavigated the world solo.

Come in, No 1363, your 6,200-mile swim is over

A humpback whale has travelled the longest distance recorded for any mammal, swimming across nearly a quarter of the globe between two breeding grounds.

Whaling activist sunk own boat 'as a publicity stunt'

It was one of the most dramatic moments in the annual hostilities between the Japanese whaling fleet and members of the militant conservation group Sea Shepherd: the ramming of a protest boat, which sank in the icy waters of the Antarctic.

Birmingham Diary: Save the bulls,whales, stags, hares, and even the foxes

There is a meeting on the fringe of the conference this morning which is fated to be sparsely attended, and not just because it is at 8am. It will be gathering of Conservatives Against Fox Hunting. Yes, that word is "against".

Angela Cockayne discovers cabinet of curiosities at Corsham Court

Deep under Corsham Court – an elegant 17th-century pile in Wiltshire – the artist Angela Cockayne has made a remarkable discovery. In its cellars is a long-lost cabinet of curiosities: bones, minerals and fossils potent with the spirit of their 18th- and 19th-century collectors, some still toxic with the arsenic used to preserve them.

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