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Expeditions

Students embark on holistic biology cruise to track squid, whales

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Editor’s Note: William Gilly, a professor of cell and developmental biology and marine and organismal biology at Stanford University, is traveling with a group of students on board the Don José in the Sea of Cortez. They will monitor and track Humboldt squid and sperm whales in their watery habitats. This is the group’s first [...]

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Expeditions

Voyage to the Pacific Ocean’s garbage patch: A dolphin encounter unlike any other

Scuba Drew, dolphin, Pacific

Editor’s Note: Scuba instructor and underwater videographer Drew Wheeler is traveling on board the Algalita Marine Research Foundation’s 50-foot Ocean Research Vessel, Alguita, on a two-month voyage to sample and study portions of a 10-million-square-mile oval known as the North Subtropical Gyre (aka "Pacific garbage patch"). Wheeler and the rest of the Alguita crew left [...]

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Extinction Countdown

First Major Genetic Study of Elusive South African Dolphin Reveals a Species in Peril

Heaviside-Dolphin

In 1828, in a short paper in the journal Spicilegia Zoologica, British zoologist John Edward Gray reported six “new and undescribed” marine animals, among them a small dolphin found off southern Africa’s Atlantic coast. The specimen had been brought to him by Thomas Haviside, a captain for the East India Company, who encountered the dolphin [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Cane Toads, Blue Whales, Red Wolves and Other Updates from the Brink

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People often ask me, “How can you write about endangered species all the time? Isn’t it depressing?” Sure, it can be, but not as depressing as the sheer number of stories that I don’t get to write about. So let’s catch up on some of the stories that should have made headlines this month. First [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Just 55 Alive: World’s Rarest Dolphin Faces Extinction

Maui

The population of the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins has dropped by half in the past seven years to an estimated 55 individuals, according to research released March 13 by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), the University of Auckland and Oregon State University. The critically endangered Maui’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui), which can [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Rare dolphins endangered in Taiwan, Australia and Peru

Dolphin species on four continents are in danger, warn various reports. In Asia, the Taiwan Matsu’s Fish Conservation Union says that only 60 to 90 Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis chinensis) remain off the Taiwanese coast, fewer than half that existed just four years ago. The Union says the species could become extinct in that [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Rare dolphin and orangutan species found deep in the jungles of Bangladesh and Borneo

It’s hard to believe there are still places on Earth that haven’t been fully explored. And yet this week brings news that conservation teams working in jungles in Bangladesh and Borneo have discovered previously unknown populations of two critically endangered species, the Irrawaddy dolphin and the Bornean orangutan. In Bangladesh, the news is especially good, [...]

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The Blue-Authentic or Not, Still a Cool Video

Pod of Pacific Whitesided Dolphins

Everyone knows by now of the versatile sports cameras by GoPro. People are capturing interesting videos with them across the spectrum of sports, day-to-day life, and even science. Mark Peters went out fishing for Albacore Tuna west of Santa Monica, CA, and had made a clear torpedo casing to hold his GoPro camera beforehand. The [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Oil Pollution is Making Gulf Dolphins Sick

For eighty-seven days in 2010, 210 million gallons of oil from wells below the Deepwater Horizon poured into the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers announced recently that as a result, Bottlenose dolphins in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay are suffering from a host of maladies, including lung disease and adrenal problems. They’re also losing their teeth. The research [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Dolphin Societies Are Impacted By Human Fishing

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Moreton Bay is a small patch of ocean bounded by Queensland, Australia, on the west and on the east by Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. The bay is home, by various estimates, to between six hundred and eight hundred Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus). A study conducted in the late 1990s found that the [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

What Do Hurricanes Mean For Dolphins?

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Hurricanes are typically associated with loss of life, loss of property, and economic devastation. Hurricane Katrina, which blew through the gulf coast in summer 2005, brought all those things and more. It also brought lots of baby dolphins. Hurricanes and other major storms tend to be related to increased strandings of marine mammals, so why [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Friday Fun: Dolphin Stampede

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This video (via the Washington Post, CBS Evening News, and Dana Point Whale Watch) showing a super-pod of perhaps 2000 dolphins off the coast of southern California, made the rounds last week. Dolphin society is typically described in the same way as primate society. Fission-fusion societies among dolphins are characterized by two levels of social [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Killer Whales in Captivity: Not a 13th Amendment Problem

An animal rights group has sued SeaWorld. Their claim is that SeaWorld should not be holding killer whales in captivity. So far, this is a fairly unsurprising story, and one that may have merit enough to debate. But here’s where the story seems to go off the rails: the argument is that the thirteenth amendment [...]

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