Dolphins have long been hailed as some of the most intelligent animals in the known world, capable of complex social interaction that rivals that of even chimpanzees. Now researchers have revealed that not only do these animals enjoy cross-species friendships, but they can also enter complex alliances that last generations.
Recently, a photo of a playful dolphin riding the nose of a humpback whale has been circulating around popular social media. It's a stunning display of cross-species friendship, and certainly something to be celebrated. However, this isn't some new and strange behavior seen among a few extra-progressive dolphins. According to researchers, this kind of thing has been happening for a long time.
The bends... any deep-water diver can tell you that this unusual 'decompression sickness' is no joke. It can cause serious and immediate damage, but can also leave organs permanently marred, cutting short a diver's career if not their life. Interestingly this condition should affect all mammals, not just humans; so why don't dolphins seem to suffer from it? A new study has the answer.
It's that time of year when college students all over the country migrate to warmer climates for a good time. But the NOAA is urging spring breakers along the Gulf Coast in particular to avoid wild dolphins when hitting the beaches this week.
Bottlenose dolphins are iconic sea creatures, with thousands of vacationers flocking to the Mediterranean's clear waters to watch playful pods in action each year. Now, however, it has been revealed that these dolphins would not be found there thousands of years ago, making them relatively new settlers to the biblical "Great" or "Middle Sea."
A rare albino dolphin, spotted in waters off the Florida coast, was seen for the first time in half a century, according to reports.
Just in time for the holidays, the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago received a present early in the form of a baby bottlenose dolphin.
Factors like climate change and habitat loss are often the source of declining species populations, but in the case of bottlenose dolphins in the Balearic Islands, a rise in tourism, along with fishing and sea transport, is threatening their wellbeing, new research shows.