Nearly 200 stranded pilot whales die on Tasmanian beach but dozens saved and returned to sea

Nearly 200 stranded pilot whales die on Tasmanian beach but dozens saved and returned to sea

Nearly 200 stranded pilot whales have died on Tasmania’s west coast, but rescuers successfully returned 32 animals to deeper water on Thursday. A pod of about 230 pilot whales became stranded on Wednesday on Ocean Beach, west of Strahan. Some were also stranded on a sand flat inside Macquarie Harbour, south of the town. Marine […]

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Acid test: Are the world’s oceans becoming too ‘acidic’ to support life?

Acid test: Are the world’s oceans becoming too ‘acidic’ to support life?

Hours after being born, oysters are already working to form their protective, chalk-layered shells. Drawing calcium and carbonate from seawater, they combine the two to form hardened shells. But as humans have pumped voluminous sums of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, this ancient process has come under threat. It’s estimated that the global ocean absorbs […]

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US lobster put on ‘red list’ to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

US lobster put on ‘red list’ to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Lobster nets and pots have become such a threat to the survival of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales that the crustaceans have been “red-listed” as seafood to avoid by a major fish sustainability guide. Fewer than 340 of these whales exist today, including only 80 breeding females. The population is estimated to have dwindled […]

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Warning over SeaWorld orcas as trainer says ‘Jurassic Park-style’ breeding programme created ‘aggressive hybrid whales’

Warning over SeaWorld orcas as trainer says ‘Jurassic Park-style’ breeding programme created ‘aggressive hybrid whales’

SEAWORLD “played god” with orcas during its breeding programme creating aggressive hybrid killer whales, a former trainer has claimed. Trainer John says that the world-famous marine park had “no idea” what they were creating and fears that the horror breeding programme could have led to more aggressive orcas being kept in captivity. John, who starred […]

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