UK government backs creation of Antarctic wildlife reserve

Reserve to cover 1.8 m km will protect penguins, leopard seals, orca and blue whales The UK government has thrown its weight behind the proposed establishment of the world’s biggest environmental sanctuary, encompassing a huge swathe of the Antarctic ocean. The massive 1.8 m sq km reserve- five times the size of Germany- would ban […]

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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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Breakthrough as New Caledonia elections to protect coral reef

The Pacific Island is home to one of the worlds most pristine coral reefs, boasting more than 9,300 marine species New Caledonia has agreed to tougher protections around a huge swathe of some of the world’s last near-pristine coral reefs, in a move conservationists hailed as a major breakthrough. The Pacific nation, a French overseas […]

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Trump opens protected Alaskan Arctic refuge to petroleum drillers

The Bureau of Land Management will offer leases to the 1.6 m-acre coastal plain which is home to threatened polar bears The Trump administration is finalizing plans to allow oil and gas drilling in a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that has been protected for decades. The Bureau of Land Management( BLM) will […]

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Cape Cod great white shark gives family a fright by snatch fish from line

Captain says encounter captured on video shoot from fishing boat only left everyone in awe A family angling in Cape Cod Bay had a close encounter with a great white shark when it leaped from the water to snatch a fish they had caught. Doug Nelson, of Franklin, who caught the leaping shark on video […]

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Cape Cod great white shark devotes family a fright by snatch fish from line

Captain says encounter captured on video shot from fishing boat merely left everyone in awe A family fishing in Cape Cod Bay had a close encounter with a great white shark when it leaped from the water to snatch a fish they had caught. Doug Nelson, of Franklin, who caught the leaping shark on video […]

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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 of Cape Cod, a sandy spit reachings out into the Atlantic, like an arm, towards a vast underwater plateau where humpbacks assemble […]

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Seattle sea cucumber poachers reeled in $1.5 m

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

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IUCN red list exposes wildlife extermination from treetop to sea floor

Latest list indicates extinction now threatens a third of all assessed species, from monkeys to rhino rays From the tops of trees to the depths of the oceans, humanity’s destruction of wildlife is continuing to drive many species towards extinction, with the most recent developments” red list” showing that a third of all species assessed […]

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Humanity has truly lost its route if we’re weaponising beluga whales | Jules Howard

Its a sad indictment when highly intelligent marine mammals are exploited for military intents, says the zoologist Jules Howard Last week, a curious scene played out in the small Norwegian fishing village of Inga. Here, a mysterious white beluga whale appeared from out of the water and proceeded to behave very strangely. Upon the body […]

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