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Scenes from Taiji's Largest Dolphin Roundup in Japan Scenes from Taiji's Largest Dolphin Roundup in Japan 0 Likes | 0 Comments
23 January 2014

The yearly Taiji dolphin hunt, in which fishermen from the small Japanese village round up pods of dolphins for sale to marine parks and for slaughter for meat, has been a source of global controversy since the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove drew attention to the event in 2009. Despite the notoriety of the Taiji dolphin drives, which take place from September through April and have drawn condemnation from animal welfare groups and from... Read More



A Student Claims to have Designed Working Artificial Gills A Student Claims to have Designed Working Artificial Gills 0 Likes | 0 Comments
23 January 2014

Out of all the attributes that separate humans from fish, the ability to breathe underwater is one that makes us land dwellers most envious. So it's hard not to get worked up over word this past week that a Korean design student may have come up with a blueprint for a wearable device that can extract sufficient air from seawater, enabling just about anyone to breathe like a fish. It's a remarkable claim considering that no one has yet come... Read More



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



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