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A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. The Southern Residents are an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Credit: NOAA

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Brady...
Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01

Critically endangered whale dies due to inaction of Biden administration

Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken...
© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit 24359. Funded by NOAA Fisheries and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead off Georgia’s coast

February 13, 2024 - On February 13, a North Atlantic right whale was reported dead...
#5120 not entangled in July 2021 
© Gine Lonati, University of New Brunswick. Taken under DFO Canada Sara Permit

Entanglement rope of North Atlantic right whale identified

On February 14th, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it had identified the fishing...

Dolphins pose and flirt to get a partner

Researchers from the University of Western Australia seem to have uncovered the reason behind unusual behaviour by male humpback dolphins – flirting!

The complex and strange behaviour includes posing with head and tail lifted from the water in what had been described as a banana position.  Some males will also balance a sea sponge on their foreheads to attract females. The reason why wearing a sponge on their forehead like a hat might be impressive to a female dolphin is due to sponges being difficult to remove from the sea bed. Some of the dolphins observed throw off the sponge ‘hat’ in the direction of the female if they fail to get her attention.

It’s not the first time dolphins have been documented using sponges. Some use them as a tool to catch prey – placing the sponge over their noses before burrowing down to get fish from the sea floor.

Striking a ‘banana pose’ shows dolphins are intelligent and have complicated social lives, said researcher, Dr Simon Allen.

More on how clever whales and dolphins are here.