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2009-05-18 11:25:00

Researchers have reported witnessing adult tucuxi dolphins trying to kill a newborn calf of their own species in what is known as the first record of these dolphins attempting infanticide, BBC News reported.While it is often noted in various mammal species, infanticide is rarely recorded among cetaceans, the group of animals that includes whales and dolphins.Experts say the behavior has only been reported two other times in bottlenose dolphins, yet now they believe it may be much more common...

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2009-05-08 10:02:10

The Harderwijk Dolphin Center in the Netherlands announced that a porpoise dolphin has become only the second to give birth in captivity, but the birth has left the people questioning whether its a boy or girl. "Mum Amber and her baby, Kwin, are doing fine," the center said in a statement on Thursday. Another porpoise was born in captivity in Denmark in 2007. "As we don't know much about newborn porpoises, a team of Danish minders has come to help us," the statement said. Visitors are already...

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2009-05-02 10:35:00

Dolphins have an uncanny ability to maintain a constant 24-hour vigilance without sacrificing rest or mental acumen. Because of their need to always be aware of their surroundings and protect themselves from potential predators, dolphins are able to let one side of their brain sleep while the other remains perfectly conscious and acutely aware for days at a time. Sam Ridgway from the US Navy Marine Mammal Program and his colleagues from San Diego and Tel Aviv set out to test two dolphins over...

2009-04-28 14:37:00

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Solomon Islands controversial trade in wild-caught dolphins is to be subject to an in-depth review under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as decided by the CITES Animals Committee at its annual meeting last week in Geneva. Evidence from leading cetacean experts in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Cetacean Specialist Group (CSG) reveals a lack of...

2009-04-15 10:02:00

ORLANDO, Fla., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in four decades SeaWorld's star killer whale is communicating in something other than clicks, squeaks, whistles and trills. Shamu has joined Twitter. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090415/FL99288 ) www.Twitter.com, a free social networking/micro-blogging community, allows users to communicate in 140-character blog posts, also known as "tweets." Shamu, who writes under the Twitter handle "RealShamu," started tweeting...

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2009-04-08 10:40:00

Military sonar exercises could be to blame for numerous beachings of dolphins and whales due to temporary deafness, scientists suggest in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters on Wednesday. The study is the first to test a theory that claims mammals can lose their hearing due to the strong mid-frequency sonar used by military submarines and other ships. These mammals rely on sonar to navigate through the waters, without it, they can lose direction and become stranded. Aran Mooney at the...

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2009-04-03 10:45:00

A new study shows that the population of false killer whales in waters close to Hawaii seems to have declined significantly over the past 20 years, the Associated Press reported.The report said that the dolphin species are likely dropping due to the declining food supplies and their tendency to get caught and injured on the longline fishing lines from commercial fishing vessels that can span 50 miles.Environmental activists recently sued the federal government for allegedly failing to prevent...

2009-04-02 12:27:12

Researchers report finding a stronghold for the Irrawaddy, one of the world's rarest freshwater dolphins, deep in the Bangladesh jungles. Scientists counted nearly 6,000 of the dolphins in the South Asian country's Sundarbans mangrove forest adjacent to the Bay of Bengal, the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a release. Before the find by the Wildlife Conservation Society there were only a few hundred of the Irrawaddy believed alive. This discovery gives us great hope that there is a...

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2009-04-02 13:05:00

Researchers say global warming is bringing food stocks closer to shore, causing the mass beaching of whales along Australia's coast, the AFP reported.Last week, nearly 90 long-finned pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins were beached along the Hamelin Bay on Australia's west coast in the last month.Experts say it took the total number of beached cetaceans in southern Australia beyond 500 in the past four months alone, including a single stranding of almost 200 on King Island.The...

2009-03-30 14:45:00

Whaleman Foundation spokesperson and real life Hero travels down under to oppose any whaling deals and call for 1 million signatures on her petition at SocialVibe.com. SYDNEY, March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hayden Panettiere will be visiting Sydney, Australia on April 1 to rally support from Aussies, urging them to sign the "Save the Whales Again!" petition at SocialVibe.com and to oppose any negotiations that will legitimize commercial whaling and overturn the existing moratorium....


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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