World’s Smallest Porpoise Is on the Verge of Extinction. The world’s smallest and rarest porpoise, the vaquita, is on the verge of extinction.
A mere 60 remain, the Mexican government announced Friday. Their numbers have dropped 40 percent in two years, down from 97 in 2014, due in large part for illegal fishing for another endangered species. The totoaba, a fish whose swim bladder is highly prized as a delicacy in Asia, is caught using prohibited gillnets. Those nets have holes that are just the right size to trap—and drown—vaquitas, too. Millions of dollars have been spent trying to save the vaquita, which lives only in the upper Gulf of California, from imposing a ban on gillnet fishing in the area to surveillance by the Mexican government, military, and environmentalists, to compensation for local fishermen to not fish in that area.
These newly released numbers show it’s still not enough. Huffingtonpost. Ban On Tuna Labeled Dolphin-Safe Shows How TPP Will Crush Consumer Rights - Shadowproof. (ANTIMEDIA) In the last 25 years, dolphin-safe labeling of tuna managed to reduce unnecessary annual deaths of the mammals from over 100,000 to only 3,000—an astounding 97% reduction—but the World Trade Organization just effectively nullified this critical program.
In order to placate Mexico as a member nation of the upcoming (and seemingly inevitable) Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the WTO deemed dolphin-safe labeling a “technical barrier to trade”—even though that environmentally-conscious label is voluntary and applies equally to domestic and foreign companies. At issue are fishing methods that exploit the as-yet-unexplained symbiotic relationship between tunas and dolphins. As the Sierra Club explained: Orcas are first non-humans whose evolution is driven by culture. John Durban, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center; research authorised by NMFS (US) By Colin Barras You could call it a culture shock.
Many researchers accept that cultural experiences have helped shape human evolution – and evidence has now emerged that the same may be true of killer whales.
Dolphin Intelligence. Humans & Dolphins. First new river dolphin species found since World War I. Leaping Dolphin. Maui's dolphin danger: 'We're running out of time' The last remaining 55 of world's rarest species of dolphins could disappear within three decades if New Zealand doesn't act now, wildlife advocates say.
The Last 55 campaign was launched by WWF-New Zealand at the Maritime Museum in Auckland today, calling on the Government to extend protection of marine reserves to cover the habitats of Maui's dolphins. The campaign launched a petition to attempt to collect 55,000 signatures before this year's general election.
"Today, WWF is saying enough is enough. We're running out of time," said WWF-NZ executive director Chris Howe. "It is election year, and we believe all politicians must act. " Maui's dolphins are an inshore coastal species with limited home range, slow to breed, and only found in the West Coast of the North Island. The species has been in rapid decline since the fishing practice of set-netting and trawling was introduced during the 1970s, when the dolphins numbered around 1800. Now only 55 remain.
Dolphin jumps in front of boat. Surfing Dolphins @ Jeffreys Bay. New species of dolphin discovered off Australia. Australian researchers have discovered a new species of dolphin living right under their, uh, bottlenoses.
A population of 100 dolphins in Port Phillip Bay and 50 in the Gippsland Lakes on Australia's southern coast have been proven to be genetically unique from dolphins anywhere else in the world, Monash University doctoral researcher Kate Charlton-Robb said in a university release. "We're very pleased to announce that yes it is a new dolphin species, and I have called it Tersiops Australis," Charlton-Robb said in an interview with Radio Australia. The new species has been given the common name the Burrunan dolphin, meaning "large sea fish of the porpoise kind" in Aboriginal languages, she said.
The Burrunan dolphins were originally thought to be one of two bottlenose species, but researchers used DNA and skull comparisons to establish they were a new species. Dolphins in The Bahamas. Killer Whales "Wave Wash" Seal. Secrets of Dolphin Sonar. Endangered Pink Amazon River Dolphin. Swimming with Orcas New Zealand. Dolphin Calf in the Womb. Happy Dolphins. Dolphin vs Porpoise - Difference and Comparison. Dolphins and porpoises are both cataceans, i.e. marine mammals, and are closely related to whales.
Dolphins belong to the family Delphinidae and are up to 30 feet long. Porpoises, belonging to family Phocoenidae are smaller, but stouter than dolphins. edit Anatomy Dolphins have a bulbous "melon" in the head distinct beak with conical teeth. Freshwater Boto Dolphin of the Amazon. Why Does a Killer Whales Dorsal Fin Collapse? Question: Killer Whale (Orca) Dorsal Fin Collapse Have you ever wondered why killer whales in captivity have a dorsal fin that is flopped over, or 'collapsed?
' Read on to learn the theories. Answer: A male killer whale's dorsal fin can grow to as much as 6 feet tall. Despite the fact that the dorsal fin is very straight, it is not supported by bone, but a fibrous connective tissue called collagen. A wild orca often travels far, and quickly, in deep water. That said, it is not impossible for a wild orca's dorsal fin to collapse or become bent. In captivity, dorsal fin collapse may be related to several factors, including time spent at the water surface, swimming in the same direction in a relatively small pool. Further Information: Orca hunting penguin. Another Monday morning on Utila. Free and Happy Atlatic spotted dolphin at night.