Talking With Dolphins?

dolphin communicationThe New York Times article features the Wild Dolphin Project run by Dr. Denise L. Herzing in the Bahamas. She has been studying the dolphins for 25 years as part of the Wild Dolphin Project, the longest-running underwater study of its kind. Nice video as well – some of the dolphins look very familiar.

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Rare Dolphin Species Endangered

An environmental group pushes for the species “false killer whale” – even though it’s a dolphin and doesn’t look like a whale – to be put on endangered list. This dolphins are found in tropical and temperate waters worldwide. But scientists estimate only about 150 or 170 live in waters less than 90 miles off Hawaii.

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Moms-to-be Slow Down

Bottlenose DolphinsA Bottlenose Dolphin’s maximum speed is halved in the last stages of the pregnancy. Lead researcher Shawn Noren, from the Institute of Marine Science at the University of California Santa Cruz, US, was originally interested in how baby dolphins learned to swim. While studying the pregnant dolphins in Hawaii she came across surprising new insights.

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Maui’s Dolphin Almost Extinct

Maui’s dolphin, found off the west coast of North Island in New Zealand, are in danger of extinction. An updated survey shows that there are only 55! surviving members left.

Read all the facts about the Maui’s dolphin on the WWF Website and watch the World Wildlife Foundation’s report on the Maui dolphin from 2007:

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Dolphins Echolocation

A video from the BBC’s 2003 Wildlife on One special Dolphins: Deep Thinkers?  with David Attenborough about dolphins amazing abilities to sonar. It shows that a dolphin is able to match an object that it is hidden from its vision, with one that it sees.

Read the article Do Dolphins And Whales ‘See’ With Sound?

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New Breath-Holding Record

Unbelievable! The German diver Tom Sietas set up a new record in holding his breath for 22:22 minutes. Wow – anybody who ever free-dived knows what that means. All the others: just watch your clock for 22 minutes and imagine not breathing!  And this isn’t the first time Tom Sietas has set a record static apnea (a fancy term for holding your breath for a really long time) or dynamic apnea (swimming a distance while holding your breath).

Read more about this phenomenal achievement and watch the video from his last record 2008 in Spain.

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Accoustic Pingers Could Save Dolphins

atlantic spotted dolphinCornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network has examined and recorded 50 dead dolphins and porpoises so far. Half of them show signs of having died in fishing gear. There is urgent need to push for an EU requirement on fisheries to use such a device.

Read more about the horrific findings off the South West Coast of England.

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