18 gorgeous photos to celebrate the deep blue glory of the world’s oceans

IN PICTURES: The oceans are our lifeblood and our playground. Let these stunning images inspire us to do a better job of protecting them.

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Grow some balls over Australian environment: Irwin tells pollies

Campaigner Bob Irwin says he’s stunned by the lack of policy debate about Australia’s increasingly degraded natural environment.

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Australian govt presents Richard Branson with ocean protector award

Sir Richard Branson has been honoured by the Australian federal government for his advocacy to protect the world’s oceans.

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Bushfires force end to Aussie tree-sitter’s record protest

A bushfire suspected of being deliberately lit has brought an end to an Australian environmental activist’s record breaking sit-in at the top of a tree in Tasmania’s Styx Valley to protest logging practices in native forests.

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Sea Shepherd Antarctic conflict escalates as Japan sends navy ship

Sea Shepherd’s confrontation with Japanese whalers has escalated in the Southern Ocean with more collisions reported.

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Sea Shepherd release video footage of alleged ramming

Sea Shepherd has released video footage taken by its activists yesterday allegedly showing the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru ramming into the SS fleet.

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Smith rules out sending Navy to Antarctic whaling protest incident

Defence Minister Stephen Smith has ruled out sending a navy ship to the clash between Japanese whalers and Sea Shepherd protesters in Antarctic waters and says the government will wait for a ruling from the International Court of Justice over whaling in the Southern Ocean.

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UPDATE: Japan pulls out whaling fleet after Sea Shepherd clashes

Japanese Fisheries have released a statement saying they have suspended whaling in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica following a collision with Sea Shepherd vessels.

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Japanese whaling ship rams Sea Shepherd fleet in Antarctic incident

The Sea Shepherd activist group have alleged their ship the Bob Barker has been seriously damaged in a conflict with Japanese whalers attempting to refuel in the Southern Ocean near an Australian station in Antarctica.

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Antarctic explorers recreate Shackleton’s expedition

A team of explorers retracing the steps of Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctica Voyage, have made it to the Stormness whaling station, after team leader British-Australian explorer Tim Jarvis and partner Barry Gray were forced to wait out severe weather.

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Bob Brown to spearhead Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling campaign

Former Greens leader Bob Brown has been appointed director of anti-whaling society Sea Shepherd after legal action forces the resignation of the group’s founder Paul Watson.

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