The poor state of the whale’s health and the fact that it had washed up so high on the beach made it impossible for conservation authorities to return it to sea.
The full moon rising over the horizon had given the impression of an explosion and a fire at sea.
Live sheep exports by sea will continue – with or without SA, says major meat producer
The temporary ban on live sheep exports by sea continues to be contested by Al Mawashi, who dispute animal welfare concerns, and argue that exports support economic growth, and save animals from starvation.
Beachgoers mistook the venomous reptile for an eel.
Mystery deaths of elephants in Botswana baffling scientists
Experts say poaching still can’t be ruled out in the mass deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana, and warn that any threats to mature elephants is blow to their population demography that the world can’t afford.

Environment Botswana reports mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants

The cause of the deaths was yet to be established with anthrax having been ruled out.

Environment WATCH: 3,6m python removed from Two Rivers Mine premises

Several data samples for research purposes will be collected before releasing the snake back into a suitable environment.

Environment All-female Black Mambas fight wildlife poachers at Kruger Park

The morning patrol is three hours long and in the afternoon, five hours.

Damning findings further expose canned lion industry 

Environment Damning findings further expose canned lion industry 

Despite numerous attempts to have government scrap its lion bone export quota, and revealing the dismal GDP contribution of canned hunting, the industry and its illicit underground workings continue to thrive. 

Environment WATCH: With beaches deserted, hippo takes a dip at Richards Bay

Making the most of an empty beach that remains closed to human bathers.

Carbon tax: Who will be affected and how?

Environment Carbon tax: Who will be affected and how?

South Africa’s phased approach to enforcing the Carbon Tax Act, as well as tax-free allowances and carbon offset credits, seeks to take time to create a mindset change and become aware of better technology, to remove carbon emissions in earnest. 

Environment 11 tonnes of waste removed from Hennops River

70 volunteers removed a total of 55 bags of polystyrene, 69 bags of plastic bottles and 327 bags of general rubbish from the river in Centurion.

Environment Two Chinese nationals to be deported following conviction for illegal possession of abalone

As part of their plea bargain with the State, the men were sentenced to six months in prison and will forfeit R75 000 to the State and a Mercedes Benz ML 350.

Environment Video shows abusive taming of baby elephant for Thai tourism

Footage of a distressed baby elephant jabbed by bullhooks at a Thai camp to tame it before joining the tourist industry has been released by conservationists in an appeal to end the practice.

Forming an unnatural bond on my journey with botflies

Environment Forming an unnatural bond on my journey with botflies

Convincing people that there are parasitic worms in your head is no easy feat.

Why parasites are vital to our existence

Environment Why parasites are vital to our existence

Parasites play an important role in the immune systems of their hosts, which makes their presence vital.

Environment SANParks to announce dates for accommodation reopening

After President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on 17 June, SANParks is readying itself to welcome guests back for overnight stays.

Environment Sardine fever continues amid lockdown

The boisterous run has meant plenty of shark activity.

Environment WATCH: Shark frenzy during sardine run

The footage was recorded by someone standing on the Rocky Bay pier and viewing the action from above.

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