whaling

As well as being a mythic tale, Moby-Dick is a superb a guide to oceanography

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Anyone who has read Moby-Dick will recognise the moment, 32 chapters in, when their line of attention, hitherto slackly paying…

Will all whales soon be extinct?

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Nick Pyenson, curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, is quick to tell us he’s not…

On matters maritime

15 July 2017 9:00 am

The Greenland shark has to be one of the most fascinating creatures of which you’ve probably never heard. Growing sometimes…

High drama on the high seas

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Ian McGuire’s second novel is an exercise in extremes: extremes of suffering, violence, environment, language and character. It tells the…

Iceland, depicted in a World Atlas of 1553

The Edge of the World: deep subject, shallow history

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Michael Pye appears out of his depth in a cold, grey sea in the mists of time, says Adam Nicolson