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Extraordinary Toroidal Vortices

A fascinating video of dolphins and whales creating and then playing with bubble rings — toroidal vortices, also known as vortex rings.  (Also a bit of volcanoes blowing smoke rings.) Extraordinary Toroidal Vortices

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The Sardine Run — Gannetts, Sharks, Dolphins & Divers

A remarkable video of gannetts, sharks, dolphins & divers diving on the sardine run on the Agulhas Bank off South Africa. Shark Explorers – Sardine Run 2013 From Scuba Diver Life — Gearing Up For South Africa’s Sardine Run Exactly … Continue reading

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Dolphins as Toolmakers — Spongers vs Non-Spongers

While it was long thought that only humans made and used tools, we now know that a variety of apes and monkeys are toolmakers.  Elephants, crows, sea otters and octopus have also been observed making tools.  Now, we can add dolphins … Continue reading

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Day of the Dolphin : Part 1 — Dolphins Steal the Show At Surfing Competition

The two posts today present a jarring juxtaposition.  On the West Coast of the United States, dolphins steal the show at a surfing competition while in Japan fishermen are beginning the yearly slaughter of dolphins at Taiji Cove.  The beauty … Continue reading

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BP Deepwater Horizon Civil Suit, TV Advertising, and A Third Year of Dead Whales and Dolphins

I don’t watch a lot of television, though it seems every time that I turn the set on I see another commercial touting how wonderful things are on the Gulf of Mexico. The sun is shining, the beaches are beautiful, … Continue reading

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Deepwater Horizon, Two New Reports – BP & Transocean Failure at Spill Prevention & Dead Dolphins

Two recent reports look at the actions and inaction of BP and its contractor Transocean before the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the consequences of the resulting spill on the environment.  The explosion on the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon killed 11 and … Continue reading

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U.S Navy Sonar Training and Testing Could Kill 1,800 Whales & Dolphins and Deafen 15,900 More

In a previous Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for 2009-2013, the U.S. Navy estimated that 150,000 marine mammals could be harmed in sonar training and testing exercises. Now in the EIS for 2014-2018, Navy estimates have soared, suggesting that sonar training and testing might unintentionally harm marine mammals 2.8 … Continue reading

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Whales Give Dolphins a Lift

Scientists have observed, in two different locations off the Hawaiian islands, humpback whales giving dolphins “rides” on their heads. A dolphin will swim up over the top of the humpback whale’s head. The humpback will then gently lift its head … Continue reading

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Dolphins and Birds Dying on the Coast of Peru – No Clear Answer Why

Something is terribly wrong on the coast of Peru.  At least 877 dolphins and more than 1,500 birds, most of them brown pelicans and boobies, have died along the coast since February when the government started tracking the deaths. The government says that … Continue reading

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Mine-Detecting Dolphins and USS Ponce, Commando “Mothership” in Persian Gulf?

As Iranian saber-rattling raises tensions around the Straits of Hormuz, the US Navy has cancelled plans to decommission the 40 year old USS Ponce (LPD-15), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship.  Instead the ship is reported to be being refitted to operate as a “mothership” … Continue reading

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Cat and Dolphins Playing Together

I am not one for cute pet videos.  And I am not a huge fan of cats. Nevertheless, for this video I have to make an exception.  The video was shot in at the Theater of the Sea, a marine animal park in … Continue reading

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What is happening in the Gulf of Mexico? Public Relations, Dead Turtles and Dolphins

Hundreds of dead dolphins and sea turtles are washing ashore on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.  No one knows exactly what is killing them though  many point to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill of a year ago.   In the mean … Continue reading

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Whales Return to New York City

The New York Daily News reported good news this morning: Whales return to New York City: Massive mammals appearing again in seas near city; draws sightseers

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BP Deepwater Horizon – Whales and Dolphins Sick and Dying in the Spill

Sobering aerial video of the scope of the ongoing spill.   At around 6:30 there is footage of pods of dead and dying dolphins and  a sperm whale caught in the oil.   Difficult video to watch but important, nevertheless. BP Slick Covers … Continue reading

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Pirate Fighting Dolphins?

A wonderful, if odd, account reported by Robert Mackey in the NY Time Lede blog: China Reports Dolphins Foiled Pirate Attack According to a report from China’s official news agency Xinhua, “thousands of dolphins” recently prevented an attack on Chinese … Continue reading

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