One of the great scientific surprises in recent times is how an inshore dolphin with a melon shaped head and smiley mouth, was discovered as Australia’s first endemic species of dolphin as recently as 2005.
When it’s time to rest, a dolphin will shut down only one hemisphere of its brain, and close the opposite eye (the left eye will be closed when the right half of the brain sleeps, and vice versa).
Read a scientific explaination of how dolphins sleep.
Cetaceans have been known to display remarkable behaviors such as rudimentary forms of “culture” for the transfer of information.
In her article Heather Alberro is investigating the intellectual and emotional lives of cetaceans. A very interesting read.
Irrawaddy dolphins are found in coastal areas in South and Southeast Asia, and in three rivers: the Ayeyarwady (Myanmar), the Mahakam (Indonesian Borneo) and the Mekong.
See great pictures of the nearly extinct Irrawaddy dolphin. Read and spread the word. This wonderful species need to be protected.
Some amazing footage from dolphins who developed a very special fishing technique. Read the article.
Ahhhh, read the wonderful story of a Whale staying by the side of a friend tangled in rope. Just makes me smile big time.