Flying fins provide a special treat for watchers

Flying fins provide a special treat for watchers

WEST Cork offers marvellous whale-watching just now. Heading out past the Stags last week, our boat was soon surrounded by playful common dolphins. The colourful ...

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Black squirrels and that missing gene

Black squirrels and that missing gene

A ‘scurry’ of American grey squirrels was presented to the bride on the occasion of her marriage at Castleforbes, County Longford, in 1910.

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Blasket Island seals have cousins in NamibiaThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Blasket Island seals have cousins in Namibia

Hundreds of grey seals, the ‘people of the sea’, haul out on Great Blasket’s Trá Bán.

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Richard Collins: Live fast and die young or last up to 500 years

Richard Collins: Live fast and die young or last up to 500 years

Take no risks, ‘do all the right things’, and you’ll lead a comfortable, but dull, existence. ‘Living dangerously’, on the other hand, ...

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Nature red in tooth and claw in Namibia

Nature red in tooth and claw in Namibia

Etosha, Namibia‘s ‘great white place’ and ‘lake of mothers tears’, is one of the world’s great nature reserves.

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'Being part of an animal soap opera’

'Being part of an animal soap opera’

For Kate Humble, presenting Animal Park is like being part of a soap opera.

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A little bit of nature a week is good for you

A little bit of nature a week is good for you

Trees along Dublin’s thoroughfares face a death sentence. In streets choked with vehicles, it’s proposed to cut them down so that buses can operate more ...

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Cold-blooded reason for feverish attack

Cold-blooded reason for feverish attack

Why do sick animals develop high temperatures?

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Visiting Namibia raisesan ethical issue

Visiting Namibia raisesan ethical issue

Take up the White Man’s burden, Send forth the best ye breed, Go bind your sons to exile, To serve your captives’ need.

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Why do zebras have stripes?

Why do zebras have stripes?

Writing in the Journal of Natural History, husband-and-wife team Alison and Stephen Cobb claim that the iconic colour pattern helps regulate body temperature.

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Exploding stars put humans in upright positions

Exploding stars put humans in upright positions

We are the only primates walking exclusively on two legs. Doing so leaves our hands free to make and use tools.

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Mums rule the roost in bonobo society

Mums rule the roost in bonobo society

Young male orcas are mammy’s boys.

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Mystery of Barbary ape at Eamhain Mhacha

Mystery of Barbary ape at Eamhain Mhacha

“Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,700 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa,” wrote Ernest Hemingway. “Close to ...

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Recalling genius of the German super man

Recalling genius of the German super man

This year, Berlin celebrates the life of a distinguished son; Alexander von Humboldt, who was born in the city 250 years ago.

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Beluga whale trained to spy for Russia?

Beluga whale trained to spy for Russia?

A beluga whale wearing a harness approached fishing-boats off the Norwegian coast last month

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Time for rabbit on the menu to save the planet

Time for rabbit on the menu to save the planet

What did the Romans ever do for Ireland? Not a lot, it seems.

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Mammals buck the trend for doom and gloom

Mammals buck the trend for doom and gloom

With “bird numbers plummeting”, “the insect Armageddon”, and “climate catastrophe only 12 years away”, there’s doom and ...

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Marginal ring ouzel could be next to disappear

Marginal ring ouzel could be next to disappear

WE WORRY that curlews and corncrakes are disappearing, but other species are going to the wall unlamented.

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Geese can handle a little drama in their day

Geese can handle a little drama in their day

Wexford has two claims to fame: A world-class opera festival and a renowned nature reserve.

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Bumbles disperse to spread the seed far away

Bumbles disperse to spread the seed far away

Precious bumblebees have been on the wing since January, perhaps courtesy of climate change.

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Snorkeller swept into mouth of baleen whaleThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Snorkeller swept into mouth of baleen whale

According to South Africa’s New Straits Times, a 51-year-old conservationist has become a second Jonah; he was swept into a whale’s mouth.

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Garden birds refuse to be boxed in

Garden birds refuse to be boxed in

With a few exceptions, all the birds of town parks and gardens belong to a single branch of the avian family tree. They are known as the ‘passerines’. ...

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Fish, mirrors, and test of self-awareness

Fish, mirrors, and test of self-awareness

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute claim that fish have passed the ‘mirror test’. Cleaner wrasse, just a few centimetres long, are the first of their ...

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Richard Collins: Man’s best friend our hunting partner

Richard Collins: Man’s best friend our hunting partner

There are about 450,000 dogs in Ireland and, according to one guesstimate, over 500 million worldwide, writes Richard Collins.

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Richard Collins: Species doing their best to put up with us

Richard Collins: Species doing their best to put up with us

We are the neighbours from Hell, as far as wild creatures are concerned, writes Richard Collins.

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Who are the top dogs among hyenas?

Who are the top dogs among hyenas?

The ‘battle of the sexes’ is human, but do other species engage in it?

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Richard Collins: Wildlife films have a very rich pedigreeThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Richard Collins: Wildlife films have a very rich pedigree

The 1902 film Birth of a Flower showed hyacinths, crocuses and roses opening their petals.

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