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Coral IVF trial offers hope of renewal for Australia's Great Barrier Reef

December 14, 2020 4:30 PM

Coral populations from Australia's first "Coral IVF" trial are on track to reproduce and spawn next year.

Scores of pilot whales die in NZ stranding

November 26, 2020 5:00 AM

Almost 100 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding on New Zealand's remote Chatham Islands, conservation officials said yesterday. Most of the marine mammals beached themselves over the weekend but rescue efforts were hampered by the area's isolated location, about 800km east of the South Island, the Department of Conservation (DOC) said, reported Agence France-Presse. By the time wildlife officers reached the area, 69 whales had already died, and others had to be euthanised, said DOC biodiversity ranger Jemma Welch. The causes of mass strandings remain unknown despite scientists studying the phenomenon for decades.

Call for shell donations as Thailand's hermit crabs face housing crisis

November 06, 2020 7:50 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Hermit crab numbers in southern Thailand have boomed as foreign tourists have stayed away - so much so that the national park authority appealed on Friday (Nov 6) for the public to donate extra shells for them to live in.

Man critical after shark attack at Australia's Great Barrier Reef

October 25, 2020 4:21 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - A 59-year-old man is in critical condition after a shark attacked him on Sunday (Oct 25) at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, near the north Queensland city of Townsville, rescuers said.

Australia plans disposal of stranded whale carcasses

September 25, 2020 5:00 AM

SYDNEY • Australian officials focused on the grim task of disposing almost 400 whale carcasses yesterday, while attempts to rescue the few remaining survivors of one of the world's worst mass strandings were expected to be extended for another day.

10 must-reads for today

September 24, 2020 5:00 AM

Most of a 470-strong pod of pilot whales found beached off Australia's remote southern coast have died, as rescuers yesterday continued racing against time to free those still alive in the country's biggest beaching in its modern history.

Most of the 470 beached whales in Australia have died

September 24, 2020 5:00 AM

SYDNEY • Most of the pilot whales from a 470-strong pod found stranded off Australia's remote southern coast have died, officials said yesterday, as rescuers struggled in freezing waters and fading light to free those still alive.

Whale beaching: An enduring mystery

September 24, 2020 5:00 AM

It is the question that has puzzled marine biologists for years. Mass whale strandings have occurred throughout recorded modern history, and likely earlier.

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