Dolphins routinely produce 10 times more power than the fittest human athletes do, concludes a new study on the herculean marine mammals.
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Good read about all the little victories in the pledge for cetacean’s right to freedom and respect.
A great compilation of notable achievements in 2013.
The latest BBC documentary “Dolphins: Spy in the Pod” was revealing dolphins getting repeatedly high on pufferfish. When harassed, pufferfish first enlarge their bodies to make themselves less palatable. If that’s not enough, they have the ability to secrete tetrodotoxin (TTX) to ward off potential predators. Read more …
Read about a new proposal to ban holding orcas in captivity. The bill would make it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes.”
Yes, Blackfish continues to ripple the waters of SeaWorld.
Malibu is the first American city to protect cetaceans! Malibu City Council proclaimed all cetaceans have the right to life.
A very informative blogpost from Dr Reese Halter. She is a well-known broadcaster, biologist, educator and author of The Insatiable Bark Beetle.
Ahhhh, read the wonderful story of a Whale staying by the side of a friend tangled in rope. Just makes me smile big time.
During a study a bottlenose dolphin was blindfolded and instructed to mimic the actions of a trainer. When he wasn’t able to use sight, the dolphin switched to another technique: emit sounds, listen to the echo and interpret the resulting sound waves. Read more …
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has welcomed recent measures to protect deep-diving cetaceans from the potential effects of seismic survey noise. Read more…
This is an important step in the right direction.
The deaths of over 100 melon-headed whales, which stranded on the shores of a lagoon in northwest Madagascar in 2008, were likely primarily triggered by a form of sonar being deployed by an ExxonMobil survey vessel, according to a scientific review panel.
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Ancient yet playful, endangered but resurgent, the North Atlantic right whale is a living reminder of how little we know. Philip Hoare is the author of Leviathan or, The Whale (2008) which won the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction. This is a wonderful educational read, don’t miss it.