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2008-11-24 17:03:48

Fishing activities are stunting population growth of a type of Pacific Ocean dolphin despite dolphin-safe practices, U.S. university researchers said. The study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego revealed negative impacts from fishing activities remain, despite adoption of regulations and agreements designed to reduce dolphin deaths from by-catch in which animals are caught unintentionally along with the intended targets. The research by the...

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2008-11-24 13:50:00

A team of researchers has set out to calculate the power of a dolphin's thrust by using digital video and millions of tiny bubbles. In 1936, zoologist James Gray estimated that the drag dolphins must overcome to swim faster than 20 miles an hour. Gray said dolphins lacked the muscles to swim so fast, and yet they did. This is known as Gray's Paradox. Over the decades, scientists have found flaws in Gray's work, and most biologists have rejected his theory. "There is no paradox. The dolphins...

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2008-11-13 08:00:00

In a crushing defeat for environmentalists, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday the US Navy can conduct sonar training exercises off the southern California coast without restrictions designed to protect whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. The high court threw out a federal judge's injunction that had required the Navy to take precautions during submarine-hunting exercises. Environmental groups argued that the intense sound waves could harm or even kill 37 species of marine mammals,...

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2008-11-06 15:50:00

The United Nations said recently that man-made threats such as rising populations, felling of forests, hunting, pollution and climate change are all contributing to the world's worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago. Yet scientists must undergo endless searching to prove that any individual species has gone the way of the dodo. "If there's one thing in my career I'd like to be proved wrong about, it's the baiji," said Sam Turvey of the Zoological Society...

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2008-10-10 10:00:00

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) -- A woman was hospitalized in Florida after a dolphin leaped aboard the boat she was in, knocking her unconscious. The Coast Guard says witnesses called 911 Thursday after seeing the dolphin jump from the Intracoastal Waterway and hit Barbara Howard of Mansfield, Ohio. Howard was sitting in an 18-foot boat with her husband, their daughter and her daughter's boyfriend. The Howards say the dolphin jumped about six feet high and landed on the bow. They say it slid in...

2008-10-01 00:00:29

World in brief TOKYO Dolphins at a marine park in Japan are on a low-fat diet after developing pot bellies and failing tasks in their aquatic performances. All 19 dolphins at Kinosaki Marine World are on a weight loss and exercise programme. (c) 2008 Independent, The; London (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-28 00:00:17

Another dead porpoise has been washed up on a South Devon beach - the fourth already in September. Brixham Seawatch campaigner Lindy Hingley said: "This is quite unusual. The 5ft long female found on the beach at St Mary's Bay is almost full grown, very fresh and pretty healthy with good body weight. "I'm at a loss to know why it died. There were no signs of being caught in inshore gill nets or any other obvious cause. "Usually if it is netting, their heads are badly damaged when they are...

2008-09-26 18:00:36

By PAUL WEIDEMAN I Do the right whale thing Paul Weideman I The New Mexican Whaledreamers, documentary on interspecies connection, not rated, The Film Center, 988-7414 Whales bring people together to save the Earth. That's the bottom line of Whaledreamers, a 2007 documentary written and directed by Kim Kindersley. The film records a 1998 gathering of tribal leaders from around the world at the Nullarbor Cliffs in South Australia. The ceremonial gathering was called by...

2008-09-25 12:00:25

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT A WILDLIFE expert yesterday applauded Scottish Water for spending GBP3.8m to lay a sewage pipe on the seabed near Inverness to protect dolphins, seals and porpoises. It is believed a toxic timebomb could have been building up in the mammals as a result of waste from North Kessock - a favourite point for spotting the bottlenose dolphins which visit regularly. Previously, sewage from North Kessock was simply discharged into the waters under Kessock...

2008-09-17 09:00:31

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Elizabeth Hsu] Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) - A Canadian scientist dedicated to the preservation of aquatic mammals urged the Taiwan government Wednesday to take immediate action to protect an isolated and endangered population of dolphins that is found only in the eastern Taiwan Strait. Peter S. Ross, a marine mammal toxicologist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Canada, made the call at a press conference held...


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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