Oct 8, 2013

Report links sonar to whale stranding

by Lenny Bernstein

The mysterious stranding of about 100 melon-headed whales in a shallow Madagascar lagoon in 2008 set off a rapid international response — a few of the 3-4-meter-long marine mammals were rescued, necropsies conducted, a review panel formed. Did they follow prey into the lagoon? ...

Dolphin deaths, linked to virus, worst in years

Aug 28, 2013

Dolphin deaths, linked to virus, worst in years

Marine scientists said Tuesday that a die-off of bottlenose dolphins along the U.S. Atlantic coast is the largest in a quarter-century and is almost certainly from the same cause as a 1987-88 outbreak: cetacean morbillivirus, which is spreading throughout the population. From New York ...

Dolphins have 'names,' respond to cohorts' calls

Jul 23, 2013

Dolphins have 'names,' respond to cohorts' calls

Wild bottlenose dolphins design unique signature whistles to identify themselves, and answer when a close cohort calls them by name, researchers said Monday. A study of 200 bottlenose dolphins off the eastern coast of Scotland found that they are the only nonhuman mammals to ...

Seagulls winning the war against whales in Argentina

Jul 23, 2013

Seagulls winning the war against whales in Argentina

It’s a weird, lopsided fight if ever there was one: seagulls divebombing to attack and feed on the fat of 50-ton whales and their babies. And the birds are winning. The battle, new in recent years, is playing out in the South Atlantic off ...