UK Oceans

The Moment A 40-Tonne Humpback Whale Nearly Killed London Kayakers

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK

Two British tourists have told of the moment they escaped a near-fatal incident, when a 40-tonne humpback whale crash-landed on their kayak. Charlo...

The 'Ghosts' That Damage Our Oceans

Mike Baker | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Mike Baker

Our beautiful seas and oceans cover about 70% of our planet's surface, with far more species living in the oceans than on land. The marine environment provides livelihoods and food for hundreds of millions of people, so it is important that we protect it. Yet, right now, millions of animals, including whales, seals, turtles and birds are being mutilated and killed by 'ghost' fishing gear - nets, lines and traps that are abandoned, lost or discarded.

There's Something Fishy in the Tory Government's First 100 Days

Rukayah Sarumi | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
Rukayah Sarumi

By continuing to allocate huge fishing quota to industrial boats, while leaving only the crumbs for our low-impact fleet, the UK government is continuing a business-as-usual approach which will do nothing to safeguard either fish stocks or the livelihoods of fishermen in the UK. The last 100 days have shown us that the Conservative government is missing a trick.

Sir Patrick Stewart Is Using Drones To Collect Whale Snot

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Tech

Sir Patrick Stewart is collecing snot -- whale snot to be more specific. Well, he's not doing the collecting. He's backing conservation organisati...

Should We Make a Deal With Japan Over Whaling?

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

On at least two occasions since the moratorium on commercial whaling was agreed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), member nations have circled around the idea of coming to some form of compromise between the pro-whaling and the pro-whale sides. These attempts at compromise have failed and the moratorium remains in place, but there are indications that another deal is in the offing. This is an unfortunate development.

So Selfridges Has Just Banned The Sale Of Plastic Water Bottles

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK

Selfridges has announced it will stop selling single-use plastic water bottles as part of a campaign to reduce pollution in the oceans. As part of ...

Who's Monitoring Deep-Sea Mining?

Phil Pauley | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Tech
Phil Pauley

Due to a lack of suitable technology, there's been a lack of activity in deep-sea mining since HMS Challenger first discovered seabed minerals in 1873. But huge investment in emerging technologies is likely to make commercial mining a reality within a few years.

Trying To 'High Five' An Enormous Shark Is Just Asking For Trouble...

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Tech

Now there's living life 'on the edge', and then there's this. Reportedly captured off the coast of Guadalupe Island, researchers were greeted by wh...

#WorldOceansDay: From Vast Underwater Cities To Suburban Artificial Reefs

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Tech

Today is officially World Oceans Day - a day set aside by the UN to 'appreciate, protect and restore our oceans and their resources.' As people ar...

A Giant Asteroid Hit The Earth So Hard It Made The Oceans Boil

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Tech

Giant asteroids that hit the Earth around 3.3 billion years ago turned our planet into an apocalyptic oven which reached 500 degrees Celsius and made ...

Rare Pictures Reveal The 'Aliens' Living At The Bottom Of Our Oceans

Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Tech

One of the largest studies of the ocean, published in the journal Science, has captured stunning images of the ocean's "invisible" creatures. Tara ...

Nearly Three Million Dead Whales Raise Questions

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Counting whale corpses matters! It not only shows how devastating whaling has been but as the latest revelations show, it also underpins one of the key arguments against any resumption of commercial whaling in the future - which is that whaling must be subject to independent scrutiny...

Exploring Ocean Space: A Mission to Forge a Permanent Human Presence in Our Ocean

Phil Pauley | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Tech
Phil Pauley

I propose that we look to the ocean to seek inspiration and knowledge to accelerate our space age frontier. My vision is to engage the marine and space research communities with subsea infrastructure and offshore industry to create a permanent human presence in our ocean.

Whaling: Japan Asks the Questions!

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Japan should note that the commitment of those peoples and nations that see no place for whaling for profit in the modern world remains strong and, if anything, the current Japanese inquisition will be causing them to sharpen up their arguments and resolve against commercial whaling.

More Shark Attacks? We Have Only Ourselves to Blame

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

Shark attacks are on the rise and the reason for this is entirely the fault of humanity... We need to look at it from the point of view of the shark. The ocean is their home. We are stealing their food. We are trespassing on their territory and we savagely slaughter 75million sharks each year, much of which goes to make a soup that has absolutely no nutritional value. When we look into the eye of what we perceive to be a savage monster, we see the reflection of a much more destructive monster - ourselves.

Huge 'Super-Earths' Will Boast Vast Oceans Capable Of Holding Alien Life

PA | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK

Habitable "super-Earths" with up to five times the mass of our own planet could possess vast, long-lasting oceans, new research suggests. Oceans cover...

The Death Knell Sounds for the World's Smallest Porpoise

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

If this pint-sized porpoise does become extinct, it means that we will have discovered and exterminated the smallest of the cetaceans in less than a human lifetime. Its imperilled status has long been of concern and its main threat well established as incidental capture in fishing nets, sometimes called 'bycatch'.

The UK's Chance for an Ocean Legacy

Jo Royle | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Jo Royle

The Claymore II had an impressive roll on as she trundled through a messy South Pacific Ocean toward Pitcairn, one of the world's most remote inhabited islands. I was aboard the 12-passenger working vessel nearing the end of the three-day journey from London to Pitcairn, a British overseas territory at the center of a proposal to create the world's largest marine reserve.

Taiji Japan - We Will Make a Difference!

Sharon Bull | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

Heralded as one of the biggest animal rights demonstrations in the UK, I joined more than a thousand voices in a peaceful protest, raising awareness to the annual barbaric slaughter and captivity of dolphins in Taiji Japan...

Cetaceans, Captures, Culture and Celebration in Quito

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Days ago, from a conference center perched on the edge of the bustling mountain city of Quito, Ecuador, delegates to the Convention on Migratory Species made an urgent and unprecedented call to end the live capture of whales and dolphins. This is the first time that any international body has called for this cruel and unnecessary threat to cetaceans to end.

Where Conservation Meets the Sea

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

An estimated 6.4 million tonnes of marine litter is dumped in oceans every year. In hotspots more than 3.5 million pieces of litter can occur per square kilometre. Plastic, which constitutes between 60 and 80 percent of marine debris, does not biodegrade and can persist in the marine environment for hundreds to thousands of years.

Privatising Underwater Tourism to the Titanic

Phil Pauley | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Phil Pauley

Imagine being able to book an overnight trip to visit this most famous of sunken shipwrecks, or 'fly' over the bubbling hydrothermal vents deep in the Mariana Trench, where only a handful of humans have explored before.

Forty Eight Hours of Hell

Sharon Bull | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK
Sharon Bull

For two days I have been witness to the worst horror man could bestow on any living sentient being...

Carry on Whaling

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Countries worldwide must take decisive and meaningful action to bring the slaughter to an end, and the démarche is a good start on this march towards a fully effective worldwide ban on commercial killing of the whales.

Working With the Local Community to Protect the Ocean

Sonu Shivdasani | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Sonu Shivdasani

Teaching the local Maldivian children about protecting the ocean seemed the most effective first step in encouraging a new generation of environmental stewards. We recognise that we do not protect what we don't care about, and we do not care about things we do not know.