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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...

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...

2008-08-04 09:10:00

Numerous porpoise deaths in Northern California have confused researchers.  According to scientists, the month of August may see more of the dead mammals wash onto beaches. Nearly 24 dead porpoises have appeared on California beaches since May. A majority of the cases have been diagnosed as asphyxiation, trauma, pneumonia, malnutrition, and maternal separation, but eight of the deaths remain unexplained. "This is the time period every year where we do see porpoises and dolphins washed...

2008-08-03 18:00:09

SIX basking sharks have been tagged off the coast of Donegal. The creatures were spotted swimming in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and were filmed by an RTE crew. Dr Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, guided by local wildlife ranger Emmett Johnston, also observed the huge fish. People have been asked to report any further sighting to Emmett on 087 286 7055. (c) 2008 Sunday Mirror; London. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-02 15:00:12

By Anna Ferguson, The Brunswick News, Ga. Aug. 2--The southern Georgia and northern Florida coastline could see fewer live bombs if an environmental safety document wins the approval of the U.S. Navy. If the Jacksonville Range Complex Environmental Impact Statement gets the go-ahead from the Navy, live explosions would be replaced with non-explosive bombs. That would be good news for boaters and marine life. It would equate to fewer disturbances on the water and less risk for...

2008-07-24 15:00:00

A marine mammal rescue group wants plans drawn up soon to coax or scare 15 to 20 dolphins out of a river near the Jersey Shore and back out to the sea. But federal wildlife officials are in no hurry to make that happen. Robert Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, is worried that the dolphins are getting more comfortable in a place they cannot survive in. The dolphins have been in either the Shrewsbury or the Navesink rivers in Monmouth County since early June,...

2008-07-23 16:10:00

A U.S. team of researchers found that female bottlenose dolphins whistle 10 times more often than usual after giving birth in order to help newborns recognize their own mothers. These "signature whistles" are unique to each animal, allowing them to be used for identification. The highly social bottlenose dolphins use the signature calls to help baby calves in their first weeks of life. The calves encounter many adult females that they could potentially mistake for their mothers. "The...

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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  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'