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Deepwater Horizon Spill Left Behind Sick Dolphins
2012-03-28 11:29:01

NOAA marine mammal biologists are reporting signs of poor health in bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf Coast. The dolphins, located in Barataria Bay, may be experiencing poor health due to exposure from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. NOAA biologists took comprehensive physicals of 32 live dolphins from Barataria Bay in the summer of 2011 and found many troubling health concerns, such as anemia, low blood sugar, and low weight. The biologists also found more than half of the...

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2012-03-23 07:01:22

In the dark world of the underwater ocean, whales need to locate their prey accurately and quickly. In low-vision conditions whales use echolocation to find fish swimming nearby, and now it has been discovered that they can focus their acoustical “vision” to accurately located slightly differing objects. For this study, Laura Kloepper from the University of Hawaii and her her PhD supervisor, Paul Nachtigall, utilized the help of Kina the False Killer Whale, a species related to...

2012-03-22 11:10:01

False killer whales focus echolocation clicks Hunting in the ocean's murky depths, vision is of little use, so toothed whales and dolphins (odontocetes) rely on echolocation to locate tasty morsels with incredible precision. Laura Kloepper from the University of Hawaii, USA, explains that odontocetes produce their distinctive echolocation clicks in nasal structures in the forehead and broadcast them through a fat-filled acoustic lens, called the melon. 'Studies by other people showed...

Unique Whistles Allow Dolphins To Greet Each Other
2012-03-01 05:45:52

Marine biologists have discovered that bottlenose dolphins use whistles to greet other members of their species. The researchers in Scotland said they made recordings of dolphins swimming in St. Andrews Bay in the summers of 2003 and 2004 by using hydrophones. They said when the group of dolphins met up, they swapped whistles that outwardly sounded the same. "The whistle exchange is more of a greeting ceremony that communicates a friendly intention and is perhaps not needed to...

New Protected Areas For Dolphins Declared
2012-02-17 04:17:55

New hope for threatened freshwater dolphins in Asia The Government of Bangladesh recently declared three new wildlife sanctuaries for endangered freshwater dolphins in the world's largest mangrove ecosystem — the Sundarbans, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) whose conservation work helped pinpoint the locations of the protected areas. The sanctuaries, which were officially declared on January 29, will protect the last two remaining species of freshwater dolphins...

Cape Cod Dolphin Strandings At Record High For January
2012-02-07 06:04:54

The dolphin strandings reported in Massachusetts have been a record event for the Cape Cod area. Since early January, 129 common dolphins have been found stranded on the beaches, said Katie Moore a marine mammal rescue and research manager for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. She said they were able to release 37 of 54 animals recovered alive, but 75 others were dead or had to be euthanized on the spot, bringing the death toll to 92. It is unusual, though, for so many...


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Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops aduncus
2013-09-19 11:24:25

The Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) is one of three recognized species of bottlenose dolphin that can be found in the waters near southern Australia, South China, and India. Its range also includes the Red Sea and the eastern coastal areas of Africa. All bottlenose dolphins were classified as one species, the common bottlenose dolphin or T. truncates, until 1998 when the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin was found to be distinct. This species is distinct from other bottlenose...

Burrunan Dolphin, Tursiops australis
2013-09-19 11:08:29

The Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis) is one of three recognized species of bottlenose dolphin. It can be found in two areas of Victoria, Australia. One population can be found in the Gippsland Lakes, where about 50 reside, and one in Port Phillip, where about 100 individuals reside. Haplotypes of the Burrunan dolphin have been discovered in an area extending from the Spencer Gulf waters west to St. Francis Island. Because of its low numbers, it is thought to deserve protection from the...

Finless Porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides
2013-08-17 13:37:05

The finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) can be found in the coastal waters of Asia. Its range includes China, Indonesia, Korea, India, Japan, and Bangladesh. Its western range extends from the coast if India to the Persian Gulf and a distinct freshwater subspecies resides in the Yangtze River. It prefers to reside in shallow areas along the shore, at depths of up to 160 feet. This population is isolated within its range. A few individuals have been found as far as 99 miles off the...

Hourglass Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus cruciger
2013-08-16 10:45:47

The hourglass dolphin (Lagenorhynchus cruciger) is a rare species that can be found in Antarctic and subAntarctic waters. Most sightings of this species have been made in the southern waters near the Shetland Islands, off the coast of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and in the southern waters near New Zealand. It is thought that this dolphin does not congregate in large numbers in any area of its circumpolar range. Qouy and Galmard first recognized the hourglass dolphin as a new species in...

Long-Beaked Common Dolphin, Delphinus capensis
2013-06-22 16:27:01

The long-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus capensis) is a species within the Delphinus, or common dolphin, genus that can be found in a fragmented range within tropical and warm temperate habitats. Its range includes western and southern areas of Africa, central California and Mexico, coastal regions of Peru, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, a large portion of western South America. The long-beaked common dolphin was not considered a distinct species until the 1990’s, along with all other species of...

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