Whales

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Campaigners criticise Japan firm selling whale meat from vending machines
Kyodo Senpaku opened ‘stores’ at two locations in Tokyo after successful trial

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

24, Jan, 2023 @1:57 PM

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A rare glimpse inside Britain’s secret vault of whale skeletons
The hoard of bones of 6,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises is one of the world’s finest research resources – and may hold the key to the long-term future of these species

Anna Turns

21, Jan, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Water quality worries hang over Durban months after deadly flooding
Beaches open and close as E coli levels fluctuate, leaving local South African tourism sector in limbo

Aina J Khan in Durban

09, Jan, 2023 @5:00 AM

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Animal activists say Senate omnibus bill condemns right whale to extinction
Provision allows Maine’s lobster industry to continue using fishing gear that maims the species, often fatally, until 2028

Edward Helmore

21, Dec, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Moon the humpback whale completes 5,000km journey – with a broken back
Moon’s grievous injury is stark reminder of growing dangers for whales along Canada’s west coast

Leyland Cecco in Toronto

11, Dec, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Save whales or eat lobster? The battle reaches the White House
Fishing gear used by Maine lobstermen is killing right whales. Will boosting a $1bn industry trump protecting an endangered species?

Edward Helmore in New York

11, Dec, 2022 @8:00 AM

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‘They teach us’: how whales can help dispel the myth of green capitalism
In her new book, Adrienne Buller argues the desire to eke profit out of climate policy is wilfully naive

Maya Goodfellow

24, Nov, 2022 @2:29 PM

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Norway plans sanctuary for ‘spy’ whale Hvaldimir who came in from cold
Charity aims to establish first open water safe haven in a reserve for whales, including a Russian beluga that went viral on YouTube

Helena Horton

06, Nov, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Whales ingest millions of microplastic particles a day, study finds
Blue whales consume up to 1bn particles over a feeding season with as-yet-unknown impacts on health

Damian Carrington Environment editor

01, Nov, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Mystery death of fifth humpback whale in Pacific north-west sparks alarm
Spike, a beloved marine animal known to scientists since 2018, was found washed ashore near Vancouver Island

Gabrielle Canon

26, Oct, 2022 @9:53 PM

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Don’t try this at home! Why there’s nothing better than sharkskin for a good scratch (if you’re a tuna)
Itchy fish, researchers say, love to brush up against a shark’s rough scales. Are they dicing with death, or just acting out nature’s grand plan?

26, Oct, 2022 @2:28 PM

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Countries push to undermine ban on commercial whaling
Charities say calls at international meeting to lift restrictions are distraction from climate crisis and plastic pollution

Karen McVeigh

18, Oct, 2022 @6:30 AM

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