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Sentence for Diver who Salvaged Metal off Historic Shipwrecks Sentence for Diver who Salvaged Metal off Historic Shipwrecks 0 Likes | 0 Comments
23 January 2014

  PORT ELIZABETH — In a first for South Africa a diver will be sentenced for salvaging scrap metal from old shipwrecks lying off the Eastern Cape shoreline. Paul du Randt (53), an experienced diver from Port Elizabeth, admitted transgressing South Africa’s heritage resource laws, which effectively determine that no part of any shipwreck that is older than 60 years may be removed without a permit. This is the first time t... Read More



Shark Attack Survivors Unite to Save Sharks Shark Attack Survivors Unite to Save Sharks 0 Likes | 0 Comments
15 January 2014

They've lost arms, legs and ankle parts, but nine survivors of encounters with sharks - including Australian navy diver Paul de Gelder - say that the ocean's greatest predator has more reason to fear the water than we do. The survivors gathered at the United Nations in New York on Monday to tell the world that their attackers, like the great white, desperately need protecting. Paul, whose right hand and lower right leg were torn off last y... Read More



World's First Documented Conjoined Gray Whales World's First Documented Conjoined Gray Whales 0 Likes | 0 Comments
8 January 2014

A pair of conjoined gray whales has been found off the shore of Mexico, in what could be the first documented case of Siamese twin grey whales. Scientists in Mexico's Laguna Ojo de Liebre, or Scammon’s Lagoon, discovered the dead calves, believed to have been miscarried as a result of their disability. Conjoined twins have occurred in other species, notably fin, sei and minke whales, however, research has not found any published c... Read More



WA Government Standing by Shark Cull despite Protests WA Government Standing by Shark Cull despite Protests 0 Likes | 0 Comments
7 January 2014

The West Australia Government says it will not be backing down on controversial shark-cull plans, despite a large anti-cull protest at the weekend. More than 4,000 people gathered at Perth's Cottesloe Beach on Saturday to vent their anger about the plan to use baited lines to kill large sharks off selected swimming beaches. The cull plan - which the government says will only target sharks over three metres - was announced after seven fa... Read More



12-Year-Old Activist Speaks out about her Arrest at Rose Parade 12-Year-Old Activist Speaks out about her Arrest at Rose Parade 0 Likes | 0 Comments
6 January 2014

A 12-year-old girl spoke about her experience in getting arrested on Wednesday after protesting against the SeaWorld float at the Rose Parade. "We went in front of this SeaWorld float and we sat down," Rose McCoy tells LAist. "Then a bunch of cops grabbed us and kind of threw us off to the side. It was slightly rough." McCoy, her mother, and 17 other PETA protesters were quickly taken into custody after they stood in... Read More



Western Australia Announces Extreme Measures for Public Safety Western Australia Announces Extreme Measures for Public Safety 0 Likes | 0 Comments
12 December 2013

The sad news that Western Australia is planning on introducing a shark cull off their beaches is a massive blow for marine conservation, not only in Australia but globally. All that this will do is give impetus to more culls around the world irrespective of any scientific or ecological input. The fact that this is being sanctioned in a first world country makes it that much worse. We certainly do sympathise with the families who have lost ... Read More



WA Shark Policy - a Cull by Another Name WA Shark Policy - a Cull by Another Name 0 Likes | 0 Comments
12 December 2013

Responding to a spate of shark attacks in the state's waters, the WA government has proposed using drum lines - baited hooks attached to drums fixed to the ocean floor - to catch the apex predators, which will be left to drown. Queensland has been using drum lines for 51 years, with one fatal attack at a patrolled beach during that period, but also uses nets to prevent sharks that are lured by the baits from coming close to shore. Chris... Read More



Shark attack: Professionals Warn Pre-Emptive Culling not the Answer Shark attack: Professionals Warn Pre-Emptive Culling not the Answer 0 Likes | 0 Comments
5 December 2013

Amid emotive calls to destroy sharks swimming around popular surf beaches, professionals have warned that shark attacks are ''not governable events''. Marine ecologists say teaching surfers about ways to reduce their risk of being attacked by sharks would be more effective than the pre-emptive culling proposed by some, including West Australian Premier Colin Barnett. Beaches around Coffs Harbour remained closed on Sunday as authorities comb... Read More



Virus Responsible for Killing almost 800 Dolphins Found in Four Whale Deaths Virus Responsible for Killing almost 800 Dolphins Found in Four Whale Deaths 0 Likes | 0 Comments
27 November 2013

A virus that has killed nearly 800 dolphins has now shown up in four whales, which washed ashore off the east coast of America. Government marine experts are working to determine whether the virus - cetacean morbillivirus - was responsible for the deaths. If proven, the development would be of major concern to the global whale population, judging by the amount of dolphins the virus continues to kill. Three humpback whales - which are lis... Read More



Madagascar: Nine dead after Eating Shark Meat Madagascar: Nine dead after Eating Shark Meat 0 Likes | 0 Comments
27 November 2013

The African Review reported that the death toll has reached nine after residents from the eastern Madagascar village of Mahasoa Ampasimbe Manatsatrana ate shark caught by traditional fishermen last week. Another 110 remain admitted in hospital with medics reporting an acute lack of facilities, while doctors from the capital were dispatched to the area. The sick complained of a numbing of nerves believed to be from the absorption of toxi... Read More



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