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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...

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...

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...

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...

Unique Whistles Allow Dolphins To Greet Each Other
2012-03-01 05:45:52

Marine biologists have discovered that bottlenose dolphins use whistles to greet other members of their species. The researchers in Scotland said they made recordings of dolphins swimming in St. Andrews Bay in the summers of 2003 and 2004 by using hydrophones. They said when the group of dolphins met up, they swapped whistles that outwardly sounded the same. "The whistle exchange is more of a greeting ceremony that communicates a friendly intention and is perhaps not needed to...

Cape Cod Dolphin Strandings At Record High For January
2012-02-07 06:04:54

The dolphin strandings reported in Massachusetts have been a record event for the Cape Cod area. Since early January, 129 common dolphins have been found stranded on the beaches, said Katie Moore a marine mammal rescue and research manager for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. She said they were able to release 37 of 54 animals recovered alive, but 75 others were dead or had to be euthanized on the spot, bringing the death toll to 92. It is unusual, though, for so many...

Marine Mammals On The Menu In Many Parts Of The World
2012-01-25 03:59:29

New study finds 87 marine mammal species consumed by people in 114 countries The fate of the world's great whale species commands global attention as a result of heated debate between pro and anti-whaling advocates, but the fate of smaller marine mammals is less understood, specifically because the deliberate and accidental catching and killing of dolphins, porpoises, manatees, and other warm-blooded aquatic species are rarely studied or monitored. To shed more light on the issue,...

2012-01-05 08:00:00

The Bio Website EurekaMag.com publishes insights into all areas of biological science. The latest insights cover Drosophila which are small flies which have been been heavily used in research in genetics as a model organism genetics, cell-biology, biochemistry, and developmental biology, and Solar Flare which is a large energy release at the sun's surface. The insight into Killer Whale covers this toothed predatory whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB)...

New Zealand Beach Scene Of Orca-Shark Battle
2012-01-02 09:00:01

A spectacular display of nature´s sometimes cruel cycle of life was witnessed by beachgoers at Blue Cliffs Beach in Tuatapere, New Zealand when orcas, also known as killer whales, forced a group of large sharks to swim into shallow waters or risk being eaten. One shark desperate to escape from the enormous beasts even beached itself on the sand and was filmed desperately flapping around in a bid to escape the whales, which were unable to move onto the sand, reports Rick Dewbury for...


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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