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IWC demands action on rare New Zealand dolphin

Wellington - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has called on New Zealand to take urgent action to save the world's rarest dolphin from extinction, voicing "grave concern" about its future.

Japanese town's controversial dolphin hunt begins

Toukyo - A small Japanese town began its controversial dolphin hunt on Thursday after bad weather delayed the start, according to a local fisheries official, while a separate whaling hunt was due to start at the weekend.

Japan releases 'Flipper' dolphin trainer after arrest

Toukyo - Japanese police said Wednesday that they have released US animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper", after he was arrested near the infamous whaling town of Taiji.

Japan arrests 'Flipper' trainer as dolphin hunt starts

Toukyo - Japanese police said Tuesday they had arrested US animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper", near the town of Taiji as it kicked off its controversial dolphin hunt.

Japanese aquariums rely on controversial dolphin hunt: Report

Toukyo - Nearly half the dolphins in Japan's aquariums are caught using a controversial fishing method that sees dozens more slaughtered every year, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Op-Ed: How I relate to the dolphin and whale killers in Taiji, Japan

I have taken part in the killing of approximately 156,000 pigs. It is not something I am proud of, but it is something in my past I cannot change. To say I can remember each pig's face as they looked at me would be a lie.

'Dolphin Tale 2' swims into theaters with 'No Good Deed'

This is the weekend when Hollywood wouldn't mind a pleasant surprise. That would be in the form of "Dolphin Tale 2." The family-friendly film is out and simply because of the theater count, it could end on top.

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

Tokyo - The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.

Oldest dolphin gets a new name

A dolphin, first described from a fossil skull discovered in the 1970s, has been given a new name. However, the mammal retains the title of oldest true dolphin species identified to date.

Dolphin watch: How social behavior affects genetic makeup

Scientists studying bottlenose dolphins that use sponges as tools to protect their sensitive beaks has shown that social behavior can shape the genetic makeup of an animal population in the wild.

New species of river dolphin discovered

This week scientists revealed the results of a DNA sequencing study. The study showed that a new river dolphin species resides in the rivers of South America.

Fishermen kill 30 more dolphins in Taiji

Tokyo - Fishermen in the small Japanese town of Taiji killed more than two dozen striped dolphins on Thursday, campaigners said, as global outrage over the slaughter grows.

Japan dolphin hunt goes on after slaughter: campaigners

Tokyo - Japanese fishermen were out at sea attempting to trap more dolphins on Wednesday, campaigners said, after the bloody slaughter of dozens of the animals the previous day was hidden from view behind screens.

US envoy asked to visit Taiji to see 'humane' dolphin hunt

Tokyo - The US ambassador to Japan should visit Taiji to see the "humane" killing methods used in the dolphin hunt, a local fisheries official said Tuesday, days after Caroline Kennedy tweeted her disapproval of the slaughter.

US envoy Kennedy tweets concern at Japanese dolphin hunt

Tokyo - US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has tweeted her concern at the "inhumaneness" of a Japanese village's traditional dolphin hunt."Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing.

Olympic flame carried underwater in world's deepest lake

Russia has taken Olympic flame into the world's deepest body of fresh water, scenic Lake Baikal. The action was the latest dramatic action in the torch relay before the Sochi Winter Games.

Video: Dolphin masturbating with dead fish

A video uploaded nearly a year ago has recently been gathering some attention. The video involves a dolphin and a dead fish.

TopFinds: Obama and Boehner continue talks, Dr. Who shows found

US President Barack Obama and Speaker Boehner still at an impasse over the spending bill and ending the government shutdown. Why humans are responsible for shocking dolphin deaths. Missing episodes of Doctor Who found. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Dolphins use vocal labels to call each other 'by name'

Vocal labeling refers to incidents in which an animal consistently uses a specific acoustic signal when presented with a specific object or class of objects. Research found dolphins use distinctive whistles in much the same way that humans use names.

Stranded dolphin killed by new virus

San Diego - Researchers have isolated a new virus which was associated with the death of a short-beaked dolphin found stranded on a beach in San Diego.

Photo: Outrage over Chinese tourists' abuse of dying dolphin

Chinese netizens have expressed outrage at photos which emerged on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, showing tourists posing with and manhandling a stranded and dying dolphin at a beach in the southern city of Sanya in Hainan Province.

Watch dolphins race US Navy nuclear submarine USS Minnesota

Watch this enchanting video showing dolphins, playful as ever, racing alongside the US Navy USS Minnesota (SSN 783) Nuclear Submarine at its first sea trials.

Dolphin awaiting rescue from heavily polluted NY canal dies

New York - What officials are calling a short-beaked common dolphin found himself trapped after accidently wandering into a Brooklyn, New York canal on Friday.

Rescue of bottlenose dolphin off the coast of Hawaii (video)

This amazing video, taken during a manta ray dive off the Kona coast of Hawaii, shows a bottlenose dolphin, tied up in fishing line, asking a human diver for help, and the diver carefully freeing him.

Sperm whales adopt dolphin with spinal deformity

A group of sperm whales took in a deformed dolphin when observed by biologists in 2011. While there is a good amount of evidence as to why the dolphin was affectionate toward the whales, it is unclear why the cetaceans took it in.

Video: It's a girl - birth of dolphin calf caught on film

Waikoloa - The miracle of birth is always a joyous thing to witness, and the 50 lucky people at Dolphin Quest Hawaii who where present as Keo gave birth to her calf last week would tend to agree.

Premature dolphin calf dies at Indianapolis Zoo Special

Indianapolis - The Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens announced the arrival of two new dolphin calves on the evening of July 12, but according to the zoo, one of the calves was premature and did not survive.

Japanese town Taiji plans marine wildlife park

Taiji - The Japanese town that acquired notoriety after it was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" that showed scenes of local anglers killing dolphins will soon open a marine park where visitors will be able to swim and play with marine mammals.

7-foot dolphin stranded in California wetlands draws crowds

Huntington Beach - A dolphin that got stranded in a narrow channel in Southern California wetlands became the center of attention on Friday as several motorists stopped on a busy highway to watch it as it swam in circles in the shallow waters.

Video: Rare spectacle — whales, dolphins play in Hawaiian waters

Images produced by the National Center for science Literacy, Education and Technology (NCSLET) showed a rare form of interaction in the wild between two species. Bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales were captured playing in Hawaiian waters.
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Model of a white-beaked dolphin.
Model of a white-beaked dolphin.
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Maui s dolphin  close to New Zealand.
Maui's dolphin, close to New Zealand.
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Chinese tourists manhandle dying dolphin
Chinese tourists manhandle dying dolphin
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Chinese tourists manhandle dying dolphin
Chinese tourists manhandle dying dolphin
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This is the skull of the holotype of Eodelphis in lateral view.
This is the skull of the holotype of Eodelphis in lateral view.
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A bottlenose dolphin is rescued by a diver in Hawaii
A bottlenose dolphin is rescued by a diver in Hawaii
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In the United States the military program for dolphins is going strong and the same can be said for ...
In the United States the military program for dolphins is going strong and the same can be said for Russia. Is this the new Cold Dolphin War?
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Dollphins (free wallpaper)
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A dolphin wonders into the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal
A dolphin wonders into the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal
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Risso's dolphin
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Adult dolphin with dolphin calf
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Bottle nose dolphin
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Hang out with dolphins for a little while  and you ll soon observe that games play an important part...
Hang out with dolphins for a little while, and you'll soon observe that games play an important part in their social interaction. People have observed dolphins playing with leaves, seaweed, and even plastic trash bags, draping them across their rostrums (beaks), dorsal fins, pectoral fins and tail flukes.
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Dolphin washed ashore after being maimed
Dolphin washed ashore after being maimed
Dolphin washed ashore after being maimed
Dolphin washed ashore after being maimed
Close to shore - a bottlenose dolphin leaps from the water in Tobermory harbour  Isle of Mull  Scotl...
Close to shore - a bottlenose dolphin leaps from the water in Tobermory harbour, Isle of Mull, Scotland.
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A dolphin surfs the wake of a research boat on the Banana River - near the Kennedy Space Center.
A dolphin surfs the wake of a research boat on the Banana River - near the Kennedy Space Center.
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