Earlier this month, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) responded on a mass dolphin stranding at Two Peoples Bay Nature on Western Australia’s south coast. After assessing the situation, DEC decided it would be best to give the 100-150 spotted dolphins a chance to get out on their own.
In the Gowanus Canal, which runs a mile and a half through a narrow industrial zone near some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, a seven foot dolphin swam last week. It is thought that he came from the canal from the Atlantic Ocean through the Lower and Upper New York Bays and then Gowanus Bay, which leads to the canal – about 20 miles away from the open ocean.
When you think about dolphins, you probably imagine highly social animals that enjoy basking in the lime light. For the most part, you’d be right. Sperm whales, on the other hand, tend to be on the opposite end of the socialization spectrum; they’re shy, reserved, and they rarely mingle with other sea creatures.
Dolphins can easily learn to beg for food from humans by closely observing other dolphins. This has been the finding of a decade long research conducted by Murdoch University Cetacean Research Group (MUCRU) and the Conservation Medicine Program.
Peru’s northern coast turned into a virtual morgue last year when fisherman began finding hundreds of dead dolphins along the shores. This year the dolphins have been replaced with dead seabirds and no one knows for sure if the two incidents are related and what is causing these mass deaths.
Maui’s Dolphins are the smallest dolphins in the world measuring just about a metre and a half. But a new study warns that these unique creatures are on the verge of extinction with only 55 individuals remaining in the wild.
News from Cape Cod has been tragic since the beginning of the year. In the last three weeks 129 Dolphins have breached with 92 dying. Rescuers fear more stranding might occur in the next few days with this being the single largest stranding of dolphins in the Northeast since at least 1999.
Cape Cod apart from Australia and New Zealand is one of the places of the world where mass stranding of marine mammals occurs annually. This year though animal experts have been puzzled by the huge number of dolphins constantly getting stranded in the scenic beaches south of Boston.
There was a shocking discovery recently on a beach in Uruguay – a beached baby dolphin. While the female dolphin was alive, it still had its umbilical cord attached. She was shipped from the beach near Montevido City to S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina, which handles wildlife rescues.
After a long hundred year wait, scientists in Melbourne, Australia have succeeded in classifying a new species of Dolphin. But clouds of concern are already rising for the new species as biologists believe it might be endangered.
While it was always believed that dolphins communicate with each other by whistling, a new study suggests that the whistle like sound made by dolphins is closer to the way humans ‘talk’. The research team from Aarhus University says that the whistle sound produced by dolphins originates in much the same way as human sounds are produced by the vocal chords.