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Rave Drug Believed To Have Killed Dolphins
2012-05-09 04:40:47

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com The grisly deaths of two dolphins at a Swiss theme park is shrouded in mystery and accusations as investigators attempt to determine what exactly killed Shadow and Chelmers, two of the park´s biggest aquatic attractions. According to various media reports, the dolphins died five days apart in November of last year while swimming in their tank at Connyland Marine Park in Switzerland. Their deaths occurred shortly after the space next to their tanks was...

Beachgoers In Peru Warned To Stay Away After Mass Pelican Die Offs
2012-05-08 04:36:42

Jason Farmer for RedOrbit.com The health ministry of Peru issued a warning recently to citizens and tourists to avoid beaches in Lima and north of the capital while investigators try to determine what may have caused the mysterious deaths of hundreds of pelicans. Peruvian officials say more than 538 pelicans and other types of birds have been found dead along the northern coast. The state-run news agency, TV Peru, puts the total number at an estimated 1,200 dead birds found along the...

Peru Now Investigating Mass Pelican Die-Off
2012-04-30 11:33:02

After recent news of massive dolphin deaths, authorities are now investigating why more than 500 pelicans and other birds have been found dead on the northern coast. A clear connection between the two occurrences has yet to be determined, however. According to BBC News, the Peruvian government has said it is “deeply worried” about these deaths, noting many of these birds appear to have died over the past few days. In addition to finding other seabirds, known as...

White Adult Killer Whale Spotted Off Coast Of Russia
2012-04-24 04:06:52

Jason Farmer for RedOrbit.com Scientists believe they have made the very first sighting of an adult white killer whale, according to various media reports. The adult male was spotted off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia. Scientists have nicknamed the whale Iceberg. The whale appears to be in good health and is living with a normal pod. Occasionally, white whales of other species are seen, but prior to this sighting, the only known white orcas have been young. The...

Reasons Still Unclear For Massive Dolphin Deaths In Peru
2012-04-23 10:42:05

Environmentalists and local authorities are working together to discover why nearly 900 dead dolphins have washed up on the northern coast of Peru so far this year. Gabriel Quijandria, Deputy Environment Minister of Peru told the Associated Press (AP) in an interview that their investigation is still underway but their hope is to complete research by the end of this week. About 90% of these 877 washed up dolphins were the common, long-nosed varieties, while the rest were Burmeister...

Toothless Whales Use Fat To Listen
2012-04-19 05:52:47

Scientists have long understood the way dolphins and toothed whales have been able to hear underwater. These animals have a special type of fat surrounding their jaws which can relay sounds from the ocean to their ears. Now, thanks to a new study, scientists are able to understand how their toothless grazing cousins, the baleen whales are able to hear without these sound-enhancing jaws. Toothed whales and dolphins are able to use their jaws in conjecture with echolocation in order to...

2012-03-29 22:06:49

Dolphins behave uniquely. On the one hand, male dolphins form alliances with others; on the other hand, they live in an open social structure. Anthropologists from the University of Zurich detected this unusual behavior in the animal kingdom in dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia. Male dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia, display the most complex group behavior of all mammals after us humans. Studies in the 1990s revealed that two to three male dolphins cooperate very closely with each other to...

2012-03-29 08:56:22

Ecologists in New Zealand have shown for the first time that Marine Protected Areas — long advocated as a way of protecting threatened marine mammals — actually work. Their study, based on 21 years' monitoring and published today in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology, reveals that a marine sanctuary off the coast of Christchurch has significantly improved survival of Hector's dolphins — one of the rarest dolphins in the world. Covering 1170 km2 of...

Deepwater Horizon Spill Left Behind Sick Dolphins
2012-03-28 11:29:01

NOAA marine mammal biologists are reporting signs of poor health in bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf Coast. The dolphins, located in Barataria Bay, may be experiencing poor health due to exposure from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. NOAA biologists took comprehensive physicals of 32 live dolphins from Barataria Bay in the summer of 2011 and found many troubling health concerns, such as anemia, low blood sugar, and low weight. The biologists also found more than half of the...


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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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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
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  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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