Seattle sea cucumber poachers reeled in $1.5 m

Washington man faces prison for role in years-long operation to poach and sell 250,000lb of poorly understood creature A Seattle-area fish processor who hoped to cash in on China’s appetite for sea cucumber faces years in prison for his role in a $1.5m poaching scheme that rocked an already unstable fishery. Federal prosecutors claim Hoon […]

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Underwater with Sri Lanka’s sperm whales- in paintings

A newly identified population in the Indian Ocean is attracting the attention of scientists, conservationists and soon, tourists, too. How will this whale weather the new cyclone of attention? Every March, vast numbers of sperm whales gather in the deep waters north-west of Sri Lanka. Andrew Sutton’s photos are vivid evidence of a little-known population- […]

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‘Barnacled angels’: the whales of Stellwagen Bank- a photo essay

Off the tip-off of Cape Cod, pods of humpbacks return every summer to feed. For the past 18 years, Philip Hoare has been joining them to witness this incredible display At the tip-off of Cape Cod, a sandy spit reaches out into the Atlantic, like an limb, towards a vast underwater plateau where humpbacks assemble […]

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Oceans’ last chance:’ It’s taken years of negotiations to set this up’

Wildlife in most of the lawless high seas faces an existential threat from fishing, shipping and the military. Next month, a landmark UN conference could finally bring hope The leatherback turtle is one of our planet’s most distinctive creatures. It can live for decades and grow to weigh up to two tonnes. It is the […]

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Orca mother grieving for dead calf inspires push to save dying pods

Headlines on mom who carried newborn for days ga concern over Seattle population that is stressed and starving Seattle’s orcas are dying. That they are dying publicly and painfully may save them. First was Tahlequah’s calf. Born on 24 July, she died minutes later. Tahlequah buoyed her for a week before mom and calf disappeared. […]

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Who Killed This Benevolent Man Who Saved So Many Rhinos and Elephants? A New Lead.

NAIROBI, Kenya—Esmond Bradley Martin was found dead on February 4, a stab wound in his neck and the floor of his home covered with blood. The famous white-haired American wildlife activist and expert on the illegal ivory trade had been murdered within the confines of his estate in Langata, a posh suburb of his adopted […]

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Record levels of plastic discovered in Arctic sea ice

Samples taken from five locatings saw concentrations of more than 12,000 microplastic particles per litre of ocean ice Scientists have found a record quantity of plastic trapped in Arctic sea ice, creating concern about the impact on marine life and human health. Up to 12,000 pieces of microplastic particles were found per litre of ocean […]

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Toxic ‘red tide’ algae bloom is killing Florida wildlife and menacing tourism

This year 267 tons of marine life, including thousands of small fish and 72 Goliath groupers, have washed up along 150 miles of the Gulf Coast from the unrelenting bloom With its long, white, sandy beaches, Sanibel Island off the coast of south-western Florida is usually a perfect place for families to enjoy these last […]

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The Cape Cod shark attack is a terrible reminder of our fragility- and that of the sea | Philip Hoare

Great whites follow seals, collisions with swimmers and surfers ensue. I decline to demonize the scything dorsal fin The terrible news of a young man’s death after an attack by a shark off Cape Cod comes wreathed in a kind of narrative that cannot be any consolation to his family, suffering the grief of his […]

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