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2011-02-23 13:10:00

Researchers reported on Wednesday that baby dolphins are washing up dead along the oil-soaked U.S. Gulf Coast at over 10 times the normal rate in the first birthing season since the BP disaster. The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies said that about 17 baby dolphin corpses have been found along the shorelines of Alabama and Mississippi in the past two weeks. "The average is one or two a month. This year we have 17, and February isn't even over yet," Moby Solangi, director of the Gulfport,...

2011-02-01 08:05:00

BIETIGHEIM-BISSINGEN, Germany, February 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pictures from the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan have been circulating the globe for years. One of the high points was the Oscar- winning documentary, "The Cove," released about one year ago, which covered the dolphin capturing in Taiji. The film caused an international stir, but the initial hope that the dolphin killings would cease following the film would not come to fruition. (Photo:...

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2010-09-30 12:01:24

Two distantly related species of dolphin -- the Guyana and the Bottlenose -- often can be found socializing in waters off the coast of Costa Rica, according to a recent BBC report. Both species of dolphin make distinct sounds, but when they meet up, they change the way they communicate with each other by using a transitional language. It raises possibilities that the two species are communicating in some way. Details of the finding are published in the journal Ethology. It is not clear to...

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2010-09-01 09:02:10

A combination of the biology of marine mammals, mechanical vibrations and acoustics has led to a breakthrough discovery allowing scientists to better understand the potential harmful effects of sound on marine mammals such as whales and dolphins. An international team of researchers from San Diego State University, UC San Diego, and the Kolmården Zoo in Sweden has developed an approach that integrates advanced computing, X-ray CT scanners, and modern computational methods...

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2010-08-21 09:03:36

Nearly 60 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach in northern New Zealand, conservation authorities reported Friday.There were 73 total whales discovered on the beach mid-morning and the Department of Conservation's Carolyn Smith said the whales most likely beached overnight, which is why so many died before rescue operations were launched.Of the 73 pilot whales, 15 have survived, but are reported to be in "poor condition." Volunteers are making another attempt to rescue the...

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2010-05-11 06:30:00

Conservationists were shocked to see a gray whale which appeared off the coast of Israel on Sunday. Gray whales are thought to be extinct across the Atlantic Ocean, so this appearance made within the Mediterranean Sea was a major surprise. The whale could have inadvertently traveled a huge distance from its natural habitat thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean. However, questions are now being raised about the possibility that gray whales have returned to former haunts in the...

2010-03-26 08:00:00

TOKYO, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 29th, 2007, Hayden Panettiere, spokesperson for the Save the Whales Again! Campaign (www.TakePart.com/SaveTheWhalesAgain), created an international media frenzy when she and 5 other surfers paddled out into the blood filled waters of Taiji, Japan's notorious dolphin killing cove in a peaceful protest that became violent when the fisherman attacked them with spinning propellers and poles. (Photo:...

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2010-02-23 12:20:00

A new study suggests that sperm whales may team up and work cooperatively to hunt down and corral their food. Scientists from the U.S. used high-tech GPS tags to study the marine mammals' astonishing hunting behaviors. The tracking equipment showed how the animals traveled together in groups, but when it came time to hunt for food, each whale took on various roles within the group. The study, led by Professor Bruce Mate from the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Oregon, used new equipment...

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2010-02-01 12:50:00

In an effort to save endangered marine animals from poachers, scientists in Taiwan plan to use DNA from whales and dolphins to convict the illegal hunters. Poachers often try to hide their tracks by cutting off the heads, tails and fins of the animals. Hsia Jung-sheng, an official from the Council of Agriculture, is in a process to outsmart them by using molecular technology that can pinpoint the species of the animals. "What they don't know is that the government has set up a comprehensive...

2009-11-24 10:03:25

Rocket science is opening new doors to understanding how sounds associated with Navy sonar might affect the hearing of a marine mammal "“ or if they hear it at all. The same type of large industrial sized X-ray scanners that NASA uses to detect flaws in the space shuttle's behemoth solid fuel rockets is now allowing scientists to peek inside the giant head of a whale. The scans are providing detailed three-dimensional replicas of a whale's hearing anatomy using a breakthrough method...


Latest Toothed whales Reference Libraries

Blainville's Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon densirostris
2013-08-17 13:31:16

Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris), also known as the dense-beaked whale, can be found in a large range that includes the warm and tropical waters of all oceans. It prefers to reside at depths between 1,600 and 3,000 feet and does not migrate. This species received its common name from Blainville, the man who classified it as Delphinus densirostris after studying a description of a piece of one individual’s nose located in the Paris Museum. In 1846, John Edward Gray...

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...

Short-beaked Common Dolphin, Delphinus delphis
2013-06-22 16:01:34

The short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) is a species that can be found in warm temperate and tropical waters. Its range is larger than that of the long-beaked common dolphin and includes the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, but it is not thought to occur in the Indian Ocean. This species is classified within the Delphinus genus along with the long-beaked common dolphin. Both of these species were classified under one species, named D. delphis, until it was found that both were...

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2006-08-16 20:55:01

The Melon-headed Whale (Peponocephala electra; other names are many-toothed blackfish and electra dolphin) is a cetacean of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). It is closely related to the Pygmy Killer Whale and the Pilot Whales, and collectively these dolphin species are known by the common name blackfish. The Melon-headed Whale is widespread throughout the world's tropical waters, although not often seen by humans on account of its preference for deep water. Taxonomy On account...

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2006-08-09 14:24:04

The Australian Snubfin Dolphin (Orcaella heinsohni) is a recently recognized species of dolphin first described in 2005. It is closely related to the Irrawaddy Dolphin, and closely looks like it. Until very recently it was thought to be an Irrawaddy dolphin. However, the Australian Snubfin Dolphin is three-colored, while the Irrawaddy dolphin only has two colors on its skin. Also the skull and the fins show minor differences between the two species. The discovery of a new mammal is...

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