500 whales stranded in Tasmania – indigenous elders are best guides to understanding this tragedy

It's time to listen to warnings from the people of the Pacific.

Niki JP Alsford, Professor in Asia Pacific Studies, Director of the Asia Pacific Studies Institutes, University of Central Lancashire • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: marine-biology whales dolphins cetaceans marine-conservation tasmania pacific indigenous-knowledge whale-stranding maori-culture pacific-islanders

Mysterious beaked whale smashes mammal diving record

A Cuvier's beaked whale stays under water for almost four hours, leaving scientists puzzled.

By Matt McGrath • bbcnews
Sept. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: whales whale-and-dolphin-strandings

Young dolphins pick friends with purpose

Dolphins don't just randomly choose their friends. Like some people, they pick childhood pals that will set them up for success as adults.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: relationships friends dolphins science-and-technology social-lives

With the help of trained dolphins, our team of researchers is building a specialized drone to help us study dolphins in the wild

Wild dolphins are fast, smart and hard to study, but it is important to understand how human actions affect their health. So we are building a drone to sample hormones from the blowholes of dolphins.

Jason Bruck, Teaching Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: robots hormones marine-biology drones whales bermuda dolphins dolphin stress-hormones marine-mammals innovation-and-invention

Neanderthals ate sharks and dolphins

Neanderthals were eating fish, mussels and seals at a site in present-day Portugal, according to a new study.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
March 26, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: human-evolution archaeology neanderthals animals dolphins


First stranded Orca found in almost 20 years in the Wash

The dead 15ft (4.5m) long juvenile killer whale was found on the coast of Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Jan. 14, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: marine-biology whales zoological-society-of-london whale-and-dolphin-strandings

'Toxic chemical cocktail' passed to baby porpoises

Potent chemicals are unwittingly passed down from mother to calf, according to a UK study.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Dec. 3, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: environment pollution oceans dolphins

Sperm whale dies with 100kg 'litter ball' in its stomach

Fishing nets and rope were among the debris found inside the whale which stranded on the Isle of Harris.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Dec. 2, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: plastic-pollution whales whale-and-dolphin-strandings isle-of-harris

Dolphins exposed to 'cocktail of pollutants' in English Channel

One of Europe's largest dolphin populations needs special protection, say scientists measuring marine pollution.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 13, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: environment pollution whales dolphins

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