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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...

2008-09-15 15:00:34

Kelly, Napier Marineland's last dolphin probably died of cancer, a team of Massey University researchers determined yesterday. A tumour the size of a mandarin was discovered inside the otherwise healthy dolphin during a post- mortem examination at Massey's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The 38-year-old dolphin had been unwell for several days and died on Wednesday. She had been at Napier's Marineland since 1974. Wildlife health centre director Dr Brett Gartrell said the main...

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2008-09-15 14:24:54

A new report warns that levels of noise in the world's oceans are causing serious problems for whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. Undersea noise blocks animals' communication and disrupts feeding, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw). Some say naval sonar has been linked to the mass deaths of some cetaceans. The level of ocean noise in some regions is doubling each decade and Ifaw says protective measures are failing. "Humanity is literally drowning out marine...

2008-08-23 09:00:30

By Jenny Haworth INCREASING activity in the Moray Firth ranging from offshore wind farm development to boat traffic is putting Scotland's precious populations of whales and dolphins at risk, researchers claim. Scientists are currently carrying out surveys of whales and dolphins in the waters off the North East coast in an attempt to spell out the need for greater protection for the creatures. As well as an internationally-important population of about 130 bottlenose dolphins, other...

2008-08-20 09:00:59

We were cheered to learn that the U.S. Navy and conservation groups have reached a court-approved settlement that allows the military ample opportunity to test its low-frequency sonar systems while protecting the habitats of marine life . So it is especially disturbing that the Bush administration is still trying to block the courts' ability to mediate future agreements between the military and environmentalists. The vigilantly anti-regulatory Bush administration claimed that...

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2008-08-19 14:51:53

Scientists observing a group of wild dolphins say one dolphin is apparently teaching other members of her group to walk on their tails, a behavior usually seen only after training in captivity. A group of dolphins along the south Australian coast near Adelaide are exhibiting the tail-walking behavior. One of them spent a short time after illness in a dolphinarium 20 years ago and may have picked up the trick there. Tail-walk tuition has not been seen before, and observers suggest the habit...

2008-08-18 12:00:35

TORONTO, Aug. 18, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Logica Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:DPDM), a developer of unique social networking websites using state-of-the-art biometric identity authentication technology, announced today that, effectively immediately, it has changed its name to Dolphin Digital Media, Inc., and beginning with the open of trading today its new stock symbol on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board is now DPDM. The new CUSIP number following the name and symbol change is 25688M107. In...

2008-08-13 21:00:15

The U.S. Navy has agreed to restrict the use of sonar during its training exercises as part of a deal with environmental groups, officials said. The groups argue the use of low-frequency active sonar harms whales and other creatures, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. The agreement, which was approved by a federal judge in San Francisco, affects the use of sonar in the Pacific Ocean, which is home to whale breeding grounds, The Navy has said it is necessary to use sonar as a part...

2008-08-08 06:00:30

By Andrea Mullaney Born to Be Wild, BBC4 THERE'S a man up a ladder, halfway up a cliff, using a long stick to grab seabirds so he can put rings on their feet and keep track of them. This is Bob Swann, a naturalist, and I suspect that when he goes to the fair he cleans up on the hook-a-duck stall. One of the enthusiasts featured on Born To Be Wild, the aptly named Swann has spent almost a quarter of a century checking nests. His invaluable record has noted a vast decline in their...


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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