Broad Coalition Develops Drones to Protect Critically Endangered New Zealand Dolphins

Broad Coalition Develops Drones to Protect Critically Endangered New Zealand Dolphins

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A coalition of scientists, environmentalists, fishers, and the New Zealand Government has developed a special drone to monitor and protect one of New Zealand’s most endangered aquatic mammals. There are just 63 Māui dolphins remaining off the west coast of New Zealand, and experts hope that this new technology can give them critical insight that […]

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One Cool Thing:  A “Stampede” of Dolphins! click button

One Cool Thing: A “Stampede” of Dolphins!

I (Monica) am feeling a bit of ocean optimism these days, and videos like this are definitely fueling it.  I have actually been whale watching with the California company that posted this video from a March 19th trip, but we did not observe anything quite like this! It’s a pretty rare occurrence to see thousands […]

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One Cool Thing: Dolphins Are Back in the Potomac

One Cool Thing: Dolphins Are Back in the Potomac

The Potomac River has had an unfortunate history of pollution but conservation efforts have certainly paid off. For the first time since sightings were recorded in the late 1800s, bottlenose dolphins have been spotted swimming in the Potomac! As the Washington Post reported, in 2015, scientists identified about 200 individuals in one section of river […]

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Animals Survive Dorian’s Wrath – With A Little Help

Hurricane Dorian’s ripple effects are still being felt – especially when it comes to the pets and wild animals that also found themselves in the path of the storm.  Our partners the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are on the ground in the Bahamas and partnering with other key stakeholders helping to save the […]

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Richard Branson Cuts Ties With Sea World

Richard Branson Cuts Ties With Sea World

Last week Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced in a blog post that Virgin Holidays will end the sales and promotion of tourism attractions that involve captive cetaceans, such as whales and dolphins. Branson stated that “We felt strongly this was the right thing to do and we knew most of our customers supported it, […]

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Hawaiian tourists will no longer be able to swim with wild dolphins

Hawaiian tourists will no longer be able to swim with wild dolphins

For tourists visiting Hawaii, a swim with wild Hawaiin spinner dolphins (or “naia” in the Hawaiian language) has traditionally been a popular attraction. However, growing awareness of how human interaction can harm wild dolphins has encouraged regulators to enact protections for the charismatic marine mammals. As Bloomberg reported, “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are […]

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