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  1. News - World - SCIENCE

    Methane-spewing microbe blamed for earth's biggest mass extinction

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 10:04pm by Reuters

    ... trilobites and the sea scorpions- denizens of the seas for hundreds of millions of years- simply vanished. Other marine groups barely avoided oblivion. On land, most of the dominant mammal ... A microbe that spewed humongous amounts of methane into earth's atmosphere triggered a global catastrophe 252 million years ago that wiped out upwards of 90 per cent of marine species and 70 ...

  2. News - World - NATURE

    Shrinking sea ice forces walruses to crowd onto remote Alaskan beach

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... been coming ashore since mid-September. The large herd was spotted during the administration's annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey, an effort conducted with the Bureau of Ocean ... and again last year. The goal of the marine mammals survey is to record the abundance of bowhead, gray, minke, fin and beluga whales plus other marine mammals in areas of potential oil and natural ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan agrees to call off Antarctic whale hunt after UN court judgement

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 05:07pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... of the marine mammals, some endangered, each year. But Japan is the only country to conduct whaling under a scientific permits category. There are two major whale sanctuaries. One, which covers most ... it to continue slaughtering the mammals, ostensibly so it could gather scientific data. However, it has never made a secret of the fact that the whale meat from these hunts can end up on dining tables. ...

  4. Ocean Park urged to end animal theatre shows and scrap imports

    Posted Jul 12th 2010, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... Adrian Wan Green groups have appealed to Ocean Park to scrap plans to import any more wild creatures and to stop its theatre performances because the animals are 'forced to become money-making machines'. The Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Societ ...

  5. Eating chicken vs eating dolphin

    Posted May 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are not. From a purely health point of view, eating marine predators is a bad idea. As we already know, fish that eat fish accumulate their poisons in their own meat. And it is the same ...

  6. Meet the legends

    Posted Jun 10th 2009, 12:00am by Ellen Whyte

    ... is man. Dugongs are hunted for their meat, hide and teeth. Dugongs are now considered a vulnerable species. See aquatic mammals in Hong Kong Dugongs used to live in Hong Kong's Pearl River ... still have the Chinese white dolphin and the finless porpoise. Check out western waters like Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park, around Lantau Island and Tuen Mun, for dolphins. Good places ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - WILDLIFE

    Hong Kong's iconic pink dolphins are disappearing fast

    Posted May 05th 2013, 12:00am by Simon Parry, Hazel Knowles

    ... the city's waters unless pollution and disruption to the marine environment are checked. Figures due next month will show a major decline in the number of pink dolphins - also known as Chinese white ... on the water's surface last Sunday near Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park. Janet Walker, spokeswoman for Dolphinwatch, which runs dolphin-spotting boat trips, said: "Half the dead ones every year ...

  8. Lessons for HK park in killer whale horror

    Posted Feb 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... marine theme park is a case in point. There is much controversy over the park's decision to keep Tilikum, the six-metre killer whale that seized trainer Dawn Brancheau while she was feeding ...

  9. Whale not the only creature at risk in harbour

    Posted Aug 28th 2008, 12:00am by Chris McCall

    ... Sydney's harbour, an unusual marine environment that contains hundreds of species of fish, is under threat. An introduced variety of seaweed used in home aquariums called Caulerpa has spread around ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Ban on Japanese whaling a major victory in conservation battle

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 04:21am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Hope at last for saving whales The 28 years that Japan has ignored an international moratorium on whaling is about one-third of the typical lifespan of the giant mammal ... that they hold a special place in nature. Being at the top of the marine food chain, it is crucial for the sake of ecosystems that they be kept from harm. Whales also have numerous similarities ...




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