Marine mammals

Myanmar's 'smiling' Irrawaddy dolphins on brink of extinction

It's the latest casualty of a battle against pollution and electrofishing that may see the species disappear in Myanmar.

17 January 2017

Mutter-Tochter-Stress im Orca-Reich

Schwertwal-Weibchen werden uralt, können aber den Großteil ihres Lebens keinen Nachwuchs bekommen. Warum nicht? Forscher haben nun eine Antwort gefunden.

13 January 2017

Orcas reveal the origin of menopause

A study of killer whales has helped British researchers to solve an evolutionary mystery - why killer whales and humans are two of three species that go through menopause.

12 January 2017

Tilikum and Granny are dead. Here’s why you should care about these killer whales

The documentary Blackfish challenged attitudes to our treatment of orcas, but these deaths should warn against complacency.

09 January 2017

Massive genetic study of humpback whales to inform conservation assessments

Scientists have published one of the largest genetic studies ever conducted on the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) for the purpose of clarifying management decisions in the Souther

09 January 2017

Polar Bears Threatened by Toxic Pollutants, Not Just Climate Change and a Warming Arctic

As if the ravages of climate change were not catastrophic enough already, polar bears have another danger to watch out for: toxic pollutants.

06 January 2017

Russischer Konzern will im Wattenmeer nach neuem Öl suchen

Darf im streng geschützten deutschen Wattenmeer nach Öl gebohrt werden? Bei der Frage geht es nicht nur um Umweltschutz und Profite für einen Ölkonzern, sondern auch um üppige Steuereinnahmen.

06 January 2017

Chilean family rescue humpback whale caught in fishing net

A family in Chile has saved a humpback whale which became entangled in an industrial fishing net.

BBC

05 January 2017

Last endangered Mexican porpoises to be rounded up by US Navy-trained dolphins

Conservation plan involves sending dolphins into Gulf of California to find vaquita and then surface to raise the alarm

04 January 2017