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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
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
14
2017

Could Killer Whales Replace Polar Bears As Top Predators At the North? That’s the question scientists are now pondering.

Could killer whales replace polar bears as apex predators in the Far North?

A Polar Bear Swimming Underwater

Are we seeing an era where Killer Whales (Orcas) replace the polar bears as top predators at the North Pole? Well, maybe not just yet but the prospect is becoming more and more realistic as global warming gradually becomes a big problem.

Global warming can be largely regarded as a man-made phenomenon at this point and no

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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
22
2017

Animal rights activists are continuously alarmed over Russia’s killer whale trade.

Russia's Killer Whale Trade

A Pod Of Killer Whales In Russian Waters (Photo: FEROP)

Although many countries worldwide are gradually ending dolphin capture and entertainment due to the obviously negative effects of captivity on these creatures, countries like China aren’t. And Russia is supplying the required “goods” in large numbers.

In fact, Chinese dolphinariums and aquariums are expanding and drawing large crowds with Russian dolphins and whales on display. The most common large marine mammals in question

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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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Oct
12
2017

The Pilot Whale is actually a dolphin and well-known for mass strandings.

Pilot Whale Spy Hopping

A Long Finned Pilot Whale Spy Hopping In Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada (Photo: Barney Moss/Wikimedia Commons cc by 2.0)

Regardless of their name, Pilot Whales are are actually dolphins. There are actually two species of pilot whale in the genus Globicephala. These are the long-finned pilot whale and the short-finned pilot whale.

They both have the same black or dark gray body color and shape. Hence, it’s almost impossible to tell them apart out at sea. So analyzing their skull structure is the best way to identify each

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Oct
11
2017

Our Killer Whale video roundup features real footage of the apex marine predators at their element.

Killer Whale Video 2017

Our Compilation Of Killer Whale Videos Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat.

Killer Whales, or Orcas, are likely the most majestic, beautiful, yet frightening creatures out in the Earth’s waters today.

This is the ultimate apex predator and no other large sea creature is safe from it: Not even the Blue Whale!

Lucky for us, they don’t target humans as prey and can even be quite friendly out in the wild. So, we’ve searched for the most popular killer whale videos from recent years up till 2017 and

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Oct
07
2017

White Killer Whales were once the stuff of myths and legends but that’s no longer the case. 

White killer whale

Iceberg Out At Sea With Another “Normal” Color Killer Whale( Photo: Olga Filatova, Far East Russisa Orca Project)

A little over 6 years ago, while working on a project in the western North Pacific whale researchers noticed a very unusual creature. It was a white male killer whale or orca whale.

They nicknamed this phenomenal dolphin “Iceberg” because of the way his white dorsal fin stuck out of the water.

But just a couple of days later they were in for another surprise: The same dolphin reappeared in a large pod of killer whales and there was another orca just like him!

You may wonder what’s so strange about that until you realize that this is a very rare creature

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