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 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.
Interesting article about reports from several people getting a health check after an unusual dolphin encounter and found they had a tumor. Cetacean-grams instead of X-rays? And would that justify to keep dolphins in captivity?
It is a well written piece by David Kirby, author of “Death at Seaworld”. He provides a lot of general facts about the ecolation of cetaceans. Read for yourself…
More on dolphin language. The well-known Denise Herzing has given a TED Talk about the language abilities of dolphins. In her session titled “Do they have a language? If so, what are they talking about?” she shared her research in communicating with dolphins.
In their latest study Stephanie King and fellow St. Andrews biologist Vincent Janik investigate a phenomenon they first described in 2006 bottlenose dolphins recognizing the signature whistles of other dolphins they know. Read the article and listen to amazing audio clips.
Very interesting article and in-depth research about the right whales. It is on the sience news for kids website but you can read it as well. Enjoy a whale of a lesson.