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Scientists Catch Dolphins Chatting

It's a 'highly developed spoken language,' say researchers

(Newser) - An underwater microphone has picked up two dolphins seemingly carrying on a conversation as if they were two people, the Telegraph reports. When researchers in Russia recorded a pair of Black Sea Bottlenose dolphins in a pool, it sounded as if they were chatting—and quite politely, at that. Each... More »

New Dolphin Species Hid in Museum for 55 Years

Meet Arktocara yakataga

(Newser) - The discoverers of a brand new dolphin species didn't even have to leave the office to make their find, UPI reports. Smithsonian curator Nicholas Pyenson and researcher Alexandra Boersma were presumably going about their business when—in Boersma's words—"this beautiful little skull from Alaska" jumped out... More »

National Aquarium Moving Its Dolphins to Sanctuary

8 will head to seaside facility by end of 2020

(Newser) - Baltimore's National Aquarium says it will send its eight dolphins to "the nation's first seaside dolphin sanctuary" before the end of 2020 amid increasing pressure from animal activists. The animals will live out their lives in the outdoor facility, which has not been built, but will still... More »

Baby Dolphin Dies After Humans Take Selfies With It

Beachgoers passed endangered creatures around to capture them with their phones

(Newser) - What may have seemed like a fun, harmless photo op turned into premature death for a baby dolphin in Argentina, per Gizmodo . Buenos Aires beachgoers were spotted last week along the shores of Santa Teresita plucking a couple of baby Franciscan dolphins—a species labeled as "vulnerable to extinction"... More »

This Is What a Dolphin 'Sees'

'The 3D print of a human being left us all speechless'

(Newser) - Great news for anyone who's ever wanted to know what it's like to be a dolphin. Researchers have figured out how to see what dolphins "see" when they use echolocation, printing 2D and 3D images of a number of objects—including a human, NBC News reports. "... More »

There's Something Staggering About This Photo

'This is the first record of this species as polar bear prey'

(Newser) - They're as graphic as they are "unprecedented," in the words of io9 . Photos published in Polar Research earlier this month show a polar bear eating a white-beaked dolphin on a fjord in Svalbard, Norway; the carcass of a second—"little more than the spine, rib cage... More »

World's Smallest Dolphin Could Vanish in 15 Years

Researchers call new study a 'loud wake-up call'

(Newser) - The world's smallest dolphin, found only off the coast of New Zealand, could disappear within 15 years unless efforts are taken to bring the critically endangered animal back from the brink of extinction. In what they deem a "loud wake-up call," researchers at German conservation group NABU... More »

Top Zoo Body Linked to Animal Cruelty, Dolphin Hunt

Animal welfare groups blast Waza for ignoring code of ethics

(Newser) - Animal welfare groups are putting pressure on the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums to clean up its act after videos surfaced showing beatings and cramped quarters at some of the organization's 300 facilities. Though WAZA's code of ethics calls for the "highest standard of animal welfare,... More »

DNA Analysis Fills in Piece of Dolphins' History

It suggests they moved into the Mediterranean roughly 18K years ago

(Newser) - Bottlenose dolphins may be an iconic draw to the Mediterranean, but they're not exactly indigenous. So say researches out of the University of Lincoln in the UK, who report in the journal Evolutionary Biology that the water-dwelling mammals didn't arrive until the end of the last Ice Age... More »

How Whale-Watching Might Be Harming Whales

Researchers say the animals get stressed, see boats as predators

(Newser) - Gazing at whales from a boat may seem like an animal-friendly pursuit, but new research is questioning that idea. Why? It's not just about the odd collision; whale-watching seems to stress out the whales, Nature reports following a symposium in Scotland. When they spot a boat—whose operators know... More »

2-Headed Dolphin Washes Ashore

Museum in Turkey hopes to display it

(Newser) - What appears to be a two-headed dolphin has washed up on a beach in Dikili, near the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey. A marine biologist at Akdeniz University hasn't seen the remains in person but says they appear to be that of rare conjoined dolphins, reports the Independent . The... More »

PETA Slams Kim Kardashian on Dolphin Swim

Animal rights group blasts star for violating captive creatures' personal space

(Newser) - Some people believe Kim Kardashian is a menace to the thinking public, but PETA has stronger words for the reality-TV star: The animal rights group is calling her downright "dangerous" and "intrusive" to animals after Kim K posted an Instagram video of her cruising around on captive dolphins... More »

Does Another Species Already Rule the Earth?

Rats and ants are contenders; others may rise up

(Newser) - Humans have been ruling Earth for a while now, but are we just a flash in the pan? Scientists are analyzing other species and asking whether any will eventually take over should we perish by plague, climate change, war, famine, you name it. Or perhaps one already dominates without our... More »

Dolphin's Love for Human Ended in Suicide

Interspecies sex tale first appeared in Hustler

(Newser) - Margaret Howe Lovatt's relationship with a dolphin in the 1960s became fodder for Hustler in the '70s—and ended in tragedy. Lovatt was working with scientist John Lilly, on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, to better understand dolphins, and she hoped to teach one of them to... More »

Russia Hijacks Ukraine's Spy Dolphins

'Combat dolphins' to change sides

(Newser) - Another humiliation for Ukraine: Russia, which now controls all military installations in Crimea, has also taken control of the country's military dolphin program. The secretive program, started in Soviet times, is based in the Crimean city of Sevastopol and has long been rumored to include training the mammals to... More »

First in a Century: New River Dolphin Species

Rapids separated it from Amazon river system

(Newser) - River dolphins worldwide are rare and endangered, but a new species has been added to their number for the first time in almost a century. Scientists in Brazil, writing in the journal PLOS One , say the Araguaia dolphin, named after the river where it was found, is a distinct species... More »

Japan Finishes Dolphin Slaughter—Under Cover

Dozens slaughtered for meat amid protests

(Newser) - Japanese fishermen have wrapped up their annual dolphin hunt and slaughter in Taiji cove amid international protests . CNN reports that some 500 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the cove—a larger number than usual, though Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is sticking with its original claim that 250 or so dolphins... More »

Furor Erupts as Dolphins Set for Slaughter at Japan Cove

Annual hunt at Taiji again under fire as 200+ animals await slaughter

(Newser) - More than 200 bottlenose dolphins await their deaths in Japan's Taiji cove—made infamous in 2009 documentary The Cove —and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is doing its best to draw attention and outrage to the annual slaughter. As CNN reports, Japanese fishermen herded a pod of 250... More »

Newly Discovered Dolphin Species Needs Name

Humpbacks live off northern Australia coast

(Newser) - A species of dolphin that lives off the coast of northern Australia is so new to science that it doesn't have a name yet. Scientists knew about the dolphin populations, but they were thought to be part of another humpback dolphin species until genetic testing revealed that they were... More »

Japan's Dolphin Slaughter Town Is Opening a Marine Park...

And it will serve whale and dolphin meat

(Newser) - Taiji, the dolphin-slaughtering Japanese town documented in The Cove, has no plans to end its annual dolphin hunt ... but it is opening a super-fun-sounding amusement park, where you can swim with the dolphins and then stop by a food stand and chow down on them. "This is part of... More »

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