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Blainvilles 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...

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...

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...

Melon-headed Whale
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,...

Australian Snubfin Dolphin
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...

Rissos Dolphin
2006-08-09 14:15:51

Taxonomy Cuvier first described Risso's Dolphin in 1812. The species' common name is for Mr. Risso who described a specimen to Cuvier on which Cuvier made his first description. Another common name for Risso's Dolphin is the Grampus (also the species genus) - although as a common name was historically used to describe the Orca. Population and distribution It is found worldwide in...

Frasers Dolphin
2006-07-30 13:56:37

Fraser's Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) or Sarawak Dolphin is a cetacean in the family Delphinidae found in deep waters in the Pacific Ocean and to a lesser extent in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Taxonomy The earliest known interaction between mankind and a Fraser's Dolphin came on a beach in Sarawak, Borneo in 1895. Mr. Charles E. Hose found a skull there and donated it to the British...

Common dolphin
2006-07-30 13:39:14

The common dolphin is the name given to up to three species of dolphin making up the genus Delphinus. Prior to the mid-1990s, most taxonomists only recognized one species in this genus, the Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis. Modern cetologists usually recognize two species - the Short-beaked Common Dolphin, which retains the systematic name Delphinus delphis, and the Long-beaked Common...

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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.