Western Pacific

Australia’s east coast home to 5,500 great white sharks

CSIRO researchers use world-first genetic analysis to estimate population, but believe numbers could be as high as 12,800

08 February 2018

Great Barrier Reef: Australia unveils A$60m protection plan

The Australian government has announced a A$60m (£34m; $48m) plan to help improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

BBC

22 January 2018

This sea turtle population is almost all female, thanks to climate change

In the northern Great Barrier Reef, juvenile green sea turtles are 99 per cent female.

11 January 2018

Green turtles in north Queensland are mainly all female and scientists are concerned for the species' future

Almost the entire green turtle population in parts of the northern Great Barrier Reef is now female, and scientists are concerned about their future.

09 January 2018

Great Barrier Reef: rising temperatures turning green sea turtles female

‘Complete feminisation’ of northern population is possible in near future, researchers find

08 January 2018

Shark finning loophole still open in Pacific

A conservation measure to close a shark-finning loophole was defeated in Manila at the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), the international body that ma

12 December 2017

Male dolphins offer gifts to attract females

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have captured a rare sexual display: evidence of male humpback dolphins presenting females with large marine sponges in an apparent effort to ma

21 November 2017

A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

A mariner who has spent years travelling "hundreds of thousands of nautical miles" to measure the impact of plastic waste in the ocean has estimated that a "raft" of plastic debris spanning more th

16 July 2017

Whales do not catch colds, but they do get snotty blowholes

Their nostrils can be wide enough for a person to stick their head in, so their sneezes should be truly spectacular.

08 March 2017

'Extraordinary' levels of pollutants found in 10km deep Mariana trench

Presence of manmade chemicals in most remote place on planet shows nowhere is safe from human impact, say scientists.

13 February 2017