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Massive Dolphin Die-Off Could Be From Measles-Like Virus
2013-08-26 10:18:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine have turned a large laboratory designed to treat four-legged animals into a research facility to get to the bottom of one of this summer’s greatest tragic mysteries. Some 70 miles away, dolphins are turning up dead along the Jersey shore and other coastal communities and, at this point, the cause still remains largely unknown. More than 200...

Dolphins Can Store Memories For Up To 20 Years
2013-08-07 10:15:53

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It's been previously discovered that dolphins are capable of recognizing the voices of their peers and even mimicking these sounds from their closest friends. Now, researchers from the University of Chicago say dolphins are capable of remembering these calls for 20 years or more, making them the animal with the best memory. This also places their level of cognition highest amongst chimps, elephants and humans. According to Jason...

2013-05-06 23:22:38

Hilton Head Island dolphin cruise and nature touring company Sonny C. Charters, Inc. now offers advance online ticketing through their new website at HiltonHeadTours.com. The website features a dolphin tour photo gallery plus details and pricing for two affordable dolphin cruise packages. HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (PRWEB) May 06, 2013 Sonny C. Charters, Inc., a Hilton Head dolphin cruise and nature touring company, announced online ticketing via their new website at...

Detailing The Evolution Of Echolocation In River Dolphins
2013-04-05 13:51:23

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study by researchers from researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and Aarhus University in Denmark is focusing on one of the most endangered animal species currently known: the river dolphin. The Ganges river dolphin, after having diverged from other toothed whale species some 30 million years ago, is thought to be one of the oldest species of aquatic animals to employ the technique of echolocation, or...

Bizarre Whale Strandings Not Due To Family Ties
2013-03-15 09:10:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since the time of Aristotle, biologists have struggled to understand the reasons for mass strandings of whales and dolphins on beaches. Contrary to previous assumptions that whales follow each other onto the beach — and almost certain death — on account of familial ties, a new study from Oregon State University and the University of Auckland reveals that many unrelated individuals are present at each event. The findings...

Leader-follower Dolphin Pairs More Likely To Be Related Than Unrelated
2013-03-14 10:37:23

Public Library of Science Traveling into uncharted territory in search of food can be a dangerous undertaking, but some bottlenose dolphins may benefit by moving through their habitat with relatives who may be more experienced or knowledgeable. It turns out that leaders in bottlenose dolphin groups in the Florida Keys are more likely to be related to the dolphins that follow them, according to research published March 13 by Jennifer Lewis and colleagues from Florida International...

Expert Believes Ukrainian Killer Dolphins Escaped To Hunt For Mates
2013-03-13 11:50:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to Ukrainian media reports, several military-trained dolphins have abandoned their naval unit to apparently “make love not war.” Three of the unit´s five dolphins — which have supposedly been trained to use specially designed knives and pistols to attack enemy scuba divers — swam off over two weeks ago after a training exercise, most likely in pursuit of potential mates, according to those...

Dolphins Give Each Other Names Through Mimicry
2013-03-08 13:58:52

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Dolphins are one of the more majestic creatures in the animal kingdom. Their grace under water and their humanesque behaviors have led many to believe that these underwater animals can even have healing and soothing effects on the ill. And continued research is finding even more new and interesting things about these intelligent mammals. With a complex series of clicks and whistles, dolphins are able to communicate with one...

Killer Whales Trapped In Polar Ice Finally Make Their Escape
2013-01-10 11:35:59

[Watch Video: Killer Whales Trapped In Sea Ice In Northern Canada] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A pod of killer whales that was trapped by ice in northern Canada appears to have made their escape, according to a report from CBC News. After spotting the trapped whales in the freezing waters of Hudson Bay on Wednesday, concerned residents called for the government's help to free the whales. Federal officials announced they were planning to send a team of...

Threatened Pilot Whales Swim As A Team
2012-11-24 07:27:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online When long-finned pilot whales sense the presence of a potential danger, they use synchronized swimming as a defense mechanism, an international team of scientists has discovered. Scientists from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC) and the Conservation, Information and Study on Cetaceans (CIRCE) studied the behavior of the approximately 300 members of the Globicephala melas...


Latest Oceanic dolphins Reference Libraries

Cetology
2013-10-02 11:21:29

Cetology is a branch of marine mammal science that studies about eighty species of dolphins, whales, and porpoise, all of which are classified within the Cetacea order. Cetologists, who practice cetology, work to understand the distribution, development, behavior, and other aspects of cetaceans. The study of cetaceans began in the Classical era. About 2,300 years ago, Aristotle documented details about some cetacean species, calling them mammals, while traveling on the Aegean Sea with...

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...

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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