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2010-01-06 07:40:00

Scientists are now saying that there are actually two types of killer whales living in UK waters instead of just one, as was previously thought, according to BBC News. The whales are different from each other in both the way they look and the way they eat, and the males of one type are about 6-feet longer than the other. Researchers believe the killer whales could be at an early stage of becoming two separate species. The findings have been published by the international group of...

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2009-12-17 08:50:57

Conservation success depends on understanding feeding behavior Scientists in Scotland, Canada and the US have proposed a new method to identify priority areas for whale conservation. The team's findings, published in Animal Conservation, suggest that even small protected areas, identified through feeding behavior, can benefit highly mobile marine predators such as killer whales. "There are enormous challenges associated with setting conservation priorities for such mobile and migratory...

2009-11-24 10:03:25

Rocket science is opening new doors to understanding how sounds associated with Navy sonar might affect the hearing of a marine mammal "“ or if they hear it at all. The same type of large industrial sized X-ray scanners that NASA uses to detect flaws in the space shuttle's behemoth solid fuel rockets is now allowing scientists to peek inside the giant head of a whale. The scans are providing detailed three-dimensional replicas of a whale's hearing anatomy using a breakthrough method...

2009-09-28 06:55:00

CUMBERLAND, N.C., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A new iPhone application offers dolphin enthusiasts, or any technophile with an appreciation for marine life, the chance to care for their own pet dolphins in an interactive underwater environment at any time of the day or night. Launched today by Quick Hitz Lab, Dolphin Experience (http://www.quick-hitz-lab.com/dolphin-experience.htm) uses vivid graphics and intuitive motion controls to create a realistic application that pushes the limits of the...

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2009-09-25 09:02:59

When the ancestors of living cetaceans"”whales, dolphins and porpoises"”first dipped their toes into water, a series of evolutionary changes were sparked that ultimately nestled these swimming mammals into the larger hoofed animal group. But what happened first, a change from a plant-based diet to a carnivorous diet, or the loss of their ability to walk? A new paper published this week in PLoS One resolves this debate using a massive data set of the morphology, behavior, and...

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2009-09-10 13:00:00

Local officials of a Japanese coastal town said on Thursday they have gone ahead with their controversial dolphin hunt as animal-rights activists continue to protest them, AFP reported. Wakayama prefectural official Yasushi Shimamura said fishermen in Taiji caught about 100 bottlenose dolphins and 50 pilot whales on Wednesday, in their first catch since the fishery season started on September 1. An official at a local fishermen's cooperative said all whale meat will be sold for human...

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2009-09-08 16:44:20

The Dolphin Discovery show has ended its 13-year-long run at SeaWorld in San Diego, Calif., park officials said. The San Diego Union-Tribune said the show, which was performed several times a day, was closed Monday to make way for a new attraction called Blue Horizons, which features dolphins, birds and aerialists. It reportedly has been a hit at Florida's SeaWorld in Orlando since 2005 and will open in San Diego in May. To prepare for the new attraction, SeaWorld is renovating its Dolphin...

2009-08-15 13:48:09

Two recent sightings of porpoises in the Baltic Sea thrilled biologists since the marine mammals were thought extinct in the region, a Swedish researcher says. Anna Roos, a researcher at the Swedish Museum of National History, said the two porpoise sightings off Sweden's west coast occurred in a span of less than 10 days, offering encouraging news about the animals' population in the Baltic, The Local reported Saturday. To get two reports from the central Baltic in such a short space of time...

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2009-08-12 16:25:53

New research from scientists in Russia shows that even killer whales like to socialize, creating and visiting social clubs just like humans do. Until now, scientists never knew why up to 100 killer whales would meet in the Avacha Gulf off the coast of Russia, forming huge superpods despite the fact  they typically live in smaller groups.  But after studying the whales, the researchers discovered that these groups act as clubs in which the fish-eating killer whales (Orcinus orca)...

2009-08-06 18:02:44

The man who trained dolphins playing Flipper on the popular 1960s U.S. TV show has turned animal activist, speaking out against dolphins held captive. Ric O'Barry has protested attractions featuring captive dolphins and has been arrested for cutting nets. O'Barry said he expects his biggest protest against dolphins' treatment will be the documentary, The Cove, a film about dolphin slaughter in Japan, the South Florida Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale reported Thursday. During the filming,...


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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