The University of Saint Andrews has been training seals to mimic human speech and songs. Seals Zola, Gandalf and Janice have been exercising their vocal chords for the study, which researchers hope can be used to study speech disorders in humans.
Plastic litter incidents affecting animals are at an all-time high, according to a report by the RSPCA. The animal welfare charity found a 22% increase in incidents, from 473 in 2015 to 579 in 2018. For seals, the increase has been fourfold in the same period.
Is there anywhere in the world we won't find plastic?
A 900-pound elephant seal has been tranquilised and returned to the wild after blocking traffic on a California highway for
Every Christmas we're inundated with images of smiling polar bears and Santa and his elves happily putting toys together in his workshop in the Arctic Circle. But these images distract from the truth about the Arctic: it's an incredibly tough environment to actually live in, even more so when unnecessary trade barriers are put up by the uninformed and urbanised elite.
The North Pacific Octopus though makes the biggest sacrifice for reproduction. Once in their lifetime, a female octopus carries eggs inside her for five months and then finds a safe hiding place to expel up to 100,000 eggs!
At New Zealand's southern most point in the Catlins region, the Arctic winds have started to pick up. As temperatures plummet from the 23 to four degrees, I find myself on a beach, looking out for the rare and endemic Yellow-Eyed penguin.
Astonishing footage reveals an enormous seal forcing itself onto a king penguin. Four separate observations were made of
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.
The locals said they couldn't recall a storm like it. It seemed relentless, starting at dusk and continuing well into the early hours of the morning. The thunder rumbled, and forked lightning struck the sea over and over again, searing the eyes of those watching with vivid after-images...