Fossilized four-legged whale discovered in Peru

A whale ancestor with four legs has been discovered from fossils in Peru. The missing link between land and sea animal has provided clues as to how whales returned to living in the oceans after millions of years above the surface. Although whales and dolphins have been swimming around our oceans for millions of years, … More Fossilized four-legged whale discovered in Peru

The Japanese fishing village with blood on their hands

Taiji may appear to be a charming little fishing village, but it has a dark and violent tradition of hunting dolphins. After being exposed to the world over a decade ago it seems very little has changed despite strong controversy and opposition. To an unsuspecting visitor the traditional architecture, quaint harbour and crystal clear waters … More The Japanese fishing village with blood on their hands

World’s most endangered marine mammal approaching single figures

A recent report suggests there are only ten vaquita porpoises left in the wild. For decades they have been caught as bycatch in illegal gillnet fisheries targeting a different endangered species of fish. Now the outlook for the ‘little cows’ is very bleak unless drastic action is taken. Hold out your hands in front of … More World’s most endangered marine mammal approaching single figures

Children take the rest of the world to school on climate change

On March 15th young people around the world skipped school for the day to protest the handling of climate change by major world nations. The ‘Youth Strike 4 Climate’ has put politicians and sceptics to shame and highlights just how passionate the next generation of humanity really is about protecting their planet. The kids have … More Children take the rest of the world to school on climate change

Microfragmentation: how smashing up corals helps them grow faster

A new technique can speed up coral growth by 25 times by breaking them into tiny little pieces. Discovered accidentally the process could now help replenish coral reefs and protect them from degradation. But how does it work? And why is it so important? Dr David Vaughan was close to retirement several years ago before … More Microfragmentation: how smashing up corals helps them grow faster

Company exploits loophole to dump sludge on Great Barrier Reef

A loophole in legislation means one million of tonnes of sludge will be allowed to be dumped on the Great Barrier Reef over the next 10 years. This is an unbelievably big step backwards in efforts to protect the reef. But why is this happening? Who is involved? And how damaging will it be? The … More Company exploits loophole to dump sludge on Great Barrier Reef

Hawaii proposes new bill to fully protect its sharks

Sharks are essential to marine ecosystems but millions of them are being killed every year across the globe. But now the state of Hawaii is aiming to fight back and fully protect their sharks with ground breaking legislation. Hawaii has become the first state in the US to put forward legislation to fully protect all … More Hawaii proposes new bill to fully protect its sharks

Super-powered shrimps

The mantis shrimp are not your ordinary shellfish, these colourful crustaceans rival sharks as the most deadly predators in the ocean. They have several incredible abilities that not only amaze scientists but are inspiring next generation technologies. Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s… a shrimp? Now I know what you’re thinking … More Super-powered shrimps