Marine life

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Where oil rigs go to die

The long read: When a drilling platform is scheduled for destruction, it must go on a thousand-mile final journey to the breakers yard. As one rig proved when it crashed on to the rocks of a remote Scottish island, this is always a risky business It was night, stormy, and the oil rig Transocean Winner

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Eyewitness: Farewell Spit, New Zealand

Volunteers help to refloat and guide pilot whales out to deeper water after a mass stranding at Farewell Spit on the coast of New Zealand Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/picture/2017/feb/12/eyewitness-new-zealand-farewell-spit-whales

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Blubber on the bonnet: seal leaves a dent in Tasmanian town

Launceston police were sent on a wild chase on Boxing Day morning after a large seal wandered through suburban streets, vandalising property and evading capture Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/picture/2016/dec/26/blubber-on-the-bonnet-seal-leaves-a-dent-in-tasmanian-town

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The Great Barrier Reef is under severe stress  but not dead yet

Reports the famed 1,400-mile network of reefs passed away in 2016 after a long illness are greatly exaggerated despite mass bleaching, scientists say Reports of the death of the Great Barrier Reef have been greatly exaggerated, scientists have said, after the publication of an obituary for the vast coral ecosystem. The famed 1,400-mile network of

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Most humpback whales to be taken off federal endangered species list

Nine of 14 distinct populations to be removed from endangered list, with four populations still listed as endangered, one as threatened Federal authorities are taking most humpback whales off the endangered species list, saying they have recovered enough in the last 40 years to warrant being removed. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) said on