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2010-06-03 13:15:10

The iPad might offer a new solution for scientists wishing to communicate with dolphins. Dolphin researcher Jack Kassewitz is using an iPad to interact with a 2-year-old dolphin named Merlin.  Kassewitz says this could potentially not only allow humans and dolphins to interact, but also be easily used as a universal translator for humans. "For several years, we've recognized that part of the problem in creating an artificial language between humans and dolphins has been the speed of...

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2010-04-23 11:10:00

Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have discovered genetic evidence that there are multiple species of killer whales. Lead researcher Phillip Morin and his colleagues at the NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, took tissue samples from 139 orcas from the North Atlantic, the North Pacific, and Antarctica. By analyzing the mitochondria of each, they confirmed the existence at least three distinct killer whale species. According...

2010-04-22 11:37:37

New technology in gene sequencing supports empirical evidence of multiple species In a report published today in the journal Genome Research, scientists report finding strong genetic evidence supporting the theory there are several species of killer whales (Orcinus orca, also known as orcas) throughout the world's oceans. Scientists have suspected for some time that there was more than one species of killer whales because of differences in behavior, feeding preferences and subtle physical...

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2010-03-25 07:46:16

Dolphins, whales and porpoises have extraordinarily small balance organs, and scientists have long wondered why. Now a study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has contradicted a leading theory, which held that the animals moved their heads so vigorously that they had to have smaller, less responsive balance organs to avoid overwhelming their senses. Working with a Midwestern zoo and a local rancher, the researchers, led by Timothy E. Hullar, MD, a Washington University...

2010-03-19 09:11:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rescuers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team have confirmed that at least four of the nine Atlantic white-sided dolphins released last week are surviving at sea. The dolphins were sighted and photographed yesterday during a joint survey between IFAW and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. The tagged dolphins, located using satellite and VHF...

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2010-03-17 08:50:00

Tourists wanting to watch and swim with dolphins are now being urged to keep their distance in a bid to protect both the animals and the local communities whose livelihoods depend on them. A study of bottlenose dolphins living off the coast of Zanzibar has found that the many tourist boats operating in the area are harassing the animals, preventing them from resting, feeding and nurturing their young. The research, led by Dr Per Berggren of Newcastle University, also highlights swimming with...

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2010-02-19 13:40:00

Scientists discover clues into human diseases by studying dolphins in a changing ocean A panel of governmental, academic and non-profit scientists speaking today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled research suggesting that diseases found in dolphins are similar to human diseases and can provide clues into how human health might be affected by exposure to contaminated coastal water or seafood. "Dolphins and humans are both mammals,...

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2010-02-04 10:11:26

Extensive commercial fishing endangers dolphin populations in the Mediterranean. This has been shown in a new study carried out at the University of Haifa's Department of Maritime Civilizations. "Unfortunately, we turn our backs to the sea and do not give much consideration to our marine neighbors," states researcher Dr. Aviad Scheinin. The study, which was supervised by Prof. Ehud Spanier and Dr. Dan Kerem, examined the competition between the two top predators along the Mediterranean coast...

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2010-01-06 07:40:00

Scientists are now saying that there are actually two types of killer whales living in UK waters instead of just one, as was previously thought, according to BBC News. The whales are different from each other in both the way they look and the way they eat, and the males of one type are about 6-feet longer than the other. Researchers believe the killer whales could be at an early stage of becoming two separate species. The findings have been published by the international group of...

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2009-12-28 08:06:53

Vacationers and conservation workers were able to coax 43 pilot whales back into the ocean after getting stranded on the beach over the weekend. Unfortunately, over 125 whales didn't survive. 105 pilot whales died on Saturday at Farewell Spit in a mass beaching, while 21 whales died on Sunday at a beach on the east coast of the North Island. Rescuers monitored the survivors as they swam away, and by Monday morning they were reported well out to sea. Regional conservation spokeswoman Lyn...


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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