Plastic: How to predict threats to animals in oceans and rivers

Scientists find out more about the threats of plastic to thousands of fish, whales and other aquatic life.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
March 27, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: animals whales oceans plastic-pollution marine-biology plastic

'Astonishing' blue whale numbers at South Georgia

The biggest animal on Earth is returning to waters where it was nearly driven to extinction.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Feb. 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: whales

First stranded Orca found in almost 20 years in the Wash

The dead 15ft (4.5m) long juvenile killer whale was found on the coast of Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Jan. 14, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: whale-and-dolphin-strandings whales marine-biology zoological-society-of-london

DNA may hold clues to extinct animal lifespan

Scientists calculate the lifespans of long-lost species, including ancient human relatives.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Dec. 12, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: animals whales human-evolution

Sperm whale dies with 100kg 'litter ball' in its stomach

Fishing nets and rope were among the debris found inside the whale which stranded on the Isle of Harris.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Dec. 2, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: whale-and-dolphin-strandings whales isle-of-harris plastic-pollution

Battersea Bridge whale found motionless on shore

The mammal, believed to be a minke whale, was found below Battersea Bridge in London.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Nov. 30, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: river-thames whales rainham greenhithe dartford gravesend

Satellites to monitor whale strandings from space

Scientists are developing the techniques to spot mass stranding events from orbit.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Oct. 17, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: british-antarctic-survey whales space-exploration earth-observation chile

How to weigh a whale without a scale

Drones can be used to work out the body mass of the largest animals on the planet, helping in their conservation.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Oct. 1, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: animals whales drones

Dolphins exposed to 'cocktail of pollutants' in English Channel

One of Europe's largest dolphin populations needs special protection, say scientists measuring marine pollution.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 13, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: environment pollution whales dolphins

Stranded whales: Numbers on the rise around UK shores

Diseases, fishing and plastic are some of the causes of whales and dolphins washing up on shores.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 6, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: wildlife animals whales dolphins

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