Marine mammals

Experts mull trapping Mexico's endangered 'vaquitas marinas' to breed them in captivity

A new report on Mexico's endangered vaquita marina porpoise says authorities may have to consider trapping some of the few remaining specimens to try to breed them in captivity or semi-captivity.

07 June 2016

Conservationists debate how to save Mexico's vaquita porpoise

Report recommends breeding the endangered species – which is the world’s smallest porpoise – in captivity, but some experts disagree

06 June 2016

Secrets of killer whale evolution revealed by genetic study

Orcas exist in every ocean, adapting to different conditions and diets. Genome sequencing has allowed insights into their evolution - and similarity to humans

31 May 2016

'Polar bear hybrid' shot in Canada

A possible grizzly-polar bear hybrid has been shot by a hunter in northern Canada.

BBC

25 May 2016

Love in the time of climate change: Grizzlies and polar bears are now mating

Most Alaskans and Canadians have a bear story - tales of fearsome grizzlies, even polar bears. But a mix of the two?

23 May 2016

Pizzly or grolar bear: grizzly-polar hybrid is a new result of climate change

Grizzly bears in Alaska and Canada are moving north as their environment warms, bringing them into contact with polar bears located on the coastline

18 May 2016

El cetáceo más pequeño del mundo, al borde de la desaparición

La población de vaquita marina que habita en el Golfo de California ha disminuido un 40% en el último año. Quedan 60 ejemplares de la especie

17 May 2016

Rare whale found on Australian beach believed to be evolutionary throwback

South Australian Museum researchers confounded by mysterious teeth previously unseen in beaked whales

15 May 2016

Ausrottung: Es leben nur noch 60 Kalifornische Schweinswale

Sie verenden im Fischernetzen - trotz längst angekündigter Schutzmaßnahmen: Die kleinste Walart der Welt, der Kalifornische Schweinswal, ist akut vom Aussterben bedroht.

14 May 2016

World's smallest porpoise 'at the edge of extinction' as illegal gillnets take toll

Now only 60 of Mexico’s vaquita marina left despite the navy enforcing a ban on the fishing net, latest study shows

14 May 2016