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Dec
10
2017

The Guiana Dolphin is a relatively smaller-sized animal that can live in both freshwater and salt water.

Guiana Dolphin

A Guiana Dolphin (Photo: Instituto Boto Cinza, cc by-s.a. 2.5)

The Guiana Dolphin is a relatively small-sized cetacean dwelling in the Atlantic Ocean around parts of South and Central America.

Interestingly, though it’s a member of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae) along with species like the Orcas (killer whales) and the bottlenose dolphins, it can live both in salt and freshwater.

The Guiana dolphin is similar in appearance to the bottlenose dolphin although it is lighter in

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Dec
01
2017

Have you ever wondered why dolphin pods even exist in the first place? The reasons are explained below.

Dolphin Pods

Dolphins are no doubt one of the world’s most loved and well-known aquatic mammals. These highly intelligent beings can live for up to 50 years or more and typically range in size from 2.3 meters to the largest dolphins, the killer whales (Orcas), that measure averagely 8 meters (26 feet).

These are very social creatures, hardly ever seen alone. And, they travel in groups better known

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Nov
25
2017

The military of different countries regularly use dogs in their operations. But did you know Military Dolphins exist?

Common Bottlenose Dolphin : Military Dolphins

K-Dog Has Been Trained By The US Navy To Find Mines And Boobytraps Underwater (PD US Navy/Wikimedia Commons)

Dogs are not the only animals that are trained for military purposes. For centuries now, humans have recognized that dolphins are some of the most intelligent mammals around. Especially species like the common bottlenose dolphin.

So, the military harnesses these abilities to train them to accomplish various military tasks.

Another reason the military decided to work with dolphins is that they see that they can easily

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Nov
21
2017

The Melon-Headed Whale is actually a dolphin and it’s commonly seen in the company of other species in the wild.

Melon-Headed Whale at the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Pod of Melon-Headed Whales at the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (Photo: USFWS, Public Domain)

The Melon-Headed Whale is actually a dolphin belonging to the oceanic dolphin family; the Delphinidae. Along with other close species like the false killer whale, the pygmy killer whale, and the pilot whale, it’s also referred to as “blackfish.”

These creatures prefer to swim in very deep waters so they are rarely seen by humans.

The melon-headed whale has a somewhat small and slim, torpedo-shaped body. With a rounded cone-like head hence the name “melon-headed.” Their bodies are uniformly light gray

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Nov
19
2017

The South Asian River Dolphin is the group term for 2 subspecies of endangered and ‘blind’ dolphins in parts of Asia.

Ganges Subspecies Of The South Asian River Dolphin

Ganges Subspecies Of The South Asian River Dolphin (Photo: NOAA, Public Domain)

The South Asian River Dolphin refers to two variants of dolphins; the Ganges River dolphin and the Indus River dolphin.

Both dolphins are freshwater, or river, cetaceans typically found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan and split into two subspecies. As their names imply, the Ganges river dolphin is

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Nov
09
2017

The Dusky Dolphin is one of the most acrobatic of all cetacean species.

Wild Dusky Dolphin Named Nox

A Wild Dusky Dolphin Named “Nox” (Photo: AllenMcC/Wikimedia Commons, cc 3.0)

The Dusky Dolphin is an oceanic species dwelling in the coastal waters of the Southern Hemisphere. Its common name comes from its dark body coloration and it’s most closely related to the Pacific white-sided dolphin.

This is a small-to-medium sized dolphin with a dark gray or black back and a distinctively two-toned dorsal fin. Also, it has a long, lighter-gray patch on its fore side that leads all the way to a

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Nov
02
2017

The Pygmy Killer Whale is actually a dolphin but unlike most dolphins, it keeps away from humans and it’s particularly aggressive in captivity.

Pygmy Killer Whale: Largest Dolphins

Pygmy Killer Whale (Illustration: Marinebio.org)

Often confused with the melon-headed dolphin or the false killer whale, the Pygmy Killer Whale is a poorly-known oceanic dolphin.

This species is very rare indeed and gets its common name from some of the physical characteristics it shares with the Orca (killer whale). This is the smallest among the species that have”whale” attached to their common name.

Despite sharing many physical characteristics with killer whales, what distances them is their

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Oct
29
2017

The Taiji Dolphin Hunt remains one of the most infamous cultural activities to date.

The Village Of Taiji: Taiji Dolphin Hunt

The Fishing Village Of Taiji. Venue Of The Annual Taiji Dolphin Hunt (Photo: BD Padgett/WikiMedia Commons, cc by-s.a. 3.0)

Taiji, a southwestern coastal town of Japan got into the limelight after the award-winning documentary film, “The Cove,” brought the world’s attention to the brutalities facing dolphins there.

The small town is known for its supply of wild dolphins, especially bottlenose dolphins, to aquariums globally. Dolphins and whales are rounded up and slaughtered brutally for their

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Oct
19
2017

The Atlantic Spotted Dolphin is a friendly and well-known species especially to people in the Bahamas.

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin: Best places to see wild dolphins

An Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Photo: NOAA)

The Atlantic Spotted Dolphin is a cetacean species endemic in the Gulf Stream of the North Atlantic Ocean and other parts of the Atlantic. Adult individuals are easy to identify by the distinctive spotted coloring all over their bodies.

This a relatively smaller-sized dolphin when compared to other better-known dolphin species. The Atlantic spotted dolphin is a stoutly-built but compact creature and sports a moderately long, chunky beak. Typically, the beak is white-tipped and some individuals may have white ‘lips’.

The main body color is a dark cape, gray sides, and a whitish underbelly. Spots begin to appear

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Oct
15
2017

The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin is a well-known species that’s strikingly similar to the common bottlenose dolphin.

An Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin

An Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin, Port River, Adelaide, Australia (Photo: Aude Steiner)

The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin is another species of bottlenose dolphins.

Though they appear somewhat similar to the common bottlenose dolphin at first glance, a closer examination shows some clear differences.

For instance, although its back is also dark gray, its belly is lighter a gray shade or nearly white with gray spots. In addition, the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin is typically smaller than the common bottlenose dolphin. The Indo-Pacific species also has more teeth than the common species.

Just like the common bottlenose dolphins, this species has a stout and muscular body, and tall,

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