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2010-04-29 16:45:00

Report Exposes Massive Online Sales of Wildlife Products WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today reveals that internet giant Yahoo! is involved in extensive trade in whales, dolphins and elephant ivory products. The report "Yahoo! and the Trade in Whale, Dolphin and Elephant Products," which is published by the non-profit Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) based in Washington, DC and London, UK, and documents that Yahoo! Japan is a major hub for...

2010-03-26 08:00:00

TOKYO, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 29th, 2007, Hayden Panettiere, spokesperson for the Save the Whales Again! Campaign (www.TakePart.com/SaveTheWhalesAgain), created an international media frenzy when she and 5 other surfers paddled out into the blood filled waters of Taiji, Japan's notorious dolphin killing cove in a peaceful protest that became violent when the fisherman attacked them with spinning propellers and poles. (Photo:...

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2010-03-25 07:46:16

Dolphins, whales and porpoises have extraordinarily small balance organs, and scientists have long wondered why. Now a study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has contradicted a leading theory, which held that the animals moved their heads so vigorously that they had to have smaller, less responsive balance organs to avoid overwhelming their senses. Working with a Midwestern zoo and a local rancher, the researchers, led by Timothy E. Hullar, MD, a Washington University...

2010-03-19 09:11:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rescuers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team have confirmed that at least four of the nine Atlantic white-sided dolphins released last week are surviving at sea. The dolphins were sighted and photographed yesterday during a joint survey between IFAW and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. The tagged dolphins, located using satellite and VHF...

2010-03-16 14:33:26

It might sound like a mashup of monster movies, but palaeontologists have discovered evidence of how an extinct shark attacked its prey, reconstructing a killing that took place 4 million years ago. Such fossil evidence of behavior is incredibly rare, but by careful, forensic-style analysis of bite marks on an otherwise well-preserved dolphin skeleton, the research team, based in Pisa, Italy, have reconstructed the events that led to the death of the dolphin, and determined the probably...

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2010-02-23 12:20:00

A new study suggests that sperm whales may team up and work cooperatively to hunt down and corral their food. Scientists from the U.S. used high-tech GPS tags to study the marine mammals' astonishing hunting behaviors. The tracking equipment showed how the animals traveled together in groups, but when it came time to hunt for food, each whale took on various roles within the group. The study, led by Professor Bruce Mate from the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Oregon, used new equipment...

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2010-02-21 06:45:00

Apart from humans, dolphins are the only animals to develop a natural form of type 2 diabetes, researchers recently discovered. An American study found that bottlenose dolphins have insulin resistances similar to that seen in humans. However, unlike humans, dolphins are able to turn the conditions on and off when appropriate, so it doesn't pose harm to the animal. Research leader and veterinarian Stephanie Venn-Watson of the US National Marine Mammal Foundation said that these findings...

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2010-02-19 13:40:00

Scientists discover clues into human diseases by studying dolphins in a changing ocean A panel of governmental, academic and non-profit scientists speaking today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled research suggesting that diseases found in dolphins are similar to human diseases and can provide clues into how human health might be affected by exposure to contaminated coastal water or seafood. "Dolphins and humans are both mammals,...

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2010-02-04 10:11:26

Extensive commercial fishing endangers dolphin populations in the Mediterranean. This has been shown in a new study carried out at the University of Haifa's Department of Maritime Civilizations. "Unfortunately, we turn our backs to the sea and do not give much consideration to our marine neighbors," states researcher Dr. Aviad Scheinin. The study, which was supervised by Prof. Ehud Spanier and Dr. Dan Kerem, examined the competition between the two top predators along the Mediterranean coast...

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2010-02-01 12:50:00

In an effort to save endangered marine animals from poachers, scientists in Taiwan plan to use DNA from whales and dolphins to convict the illegal hunters. Poachers often try to hide their tracks by cutting off the heads, tails and fins of the animals. Hsia Jung-sheng, an official from the Council of Agriculture, is in a process to outsmart them by using molecular technology that can pinpoint the species of the animals. "What they don't know is that the government has set up a comprehensive...


Latest Dolphin Reference Libraries

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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