As Chinese zoos and aquariums grapple with new bans on wildlife trade, a New Zealand tech entrepreneur is seeing unexpected interest in her latest project. Melanie Langlotz has helped build a life-sized robot dolphin that looks and swims just like a real bottlenose and can react to human gestures.
As well as offering an ethical alternative to keeping dolphins in captivity and a novel tool for movie-making and wildlife education, it could end up plugging the gap for the struggling Chinese businesses. Langlotz, an augmented reality gaming expert based in Auckland, said it started with an ethical dilemma a year ago. She and her business partner Li Wang were asked to help design an aquarium in China with live dolphins and whales in its tanks - but neither were very comfortable with the idea of animal captivity.
They came up with the idea of using robotic or 'animatronic' dolphins instead and became determined to make it a reality.
"I started talking to anyone I could get my hands on who has ever had anything to do with animatronics. I was pretty much told that, 'this is too hard', 'it's really difficult', 'it's a real piece of engineering artwork' because they would be in salt water, there's lots of electronics in there, let alone that they need to be on display for a long time. I couldn't find anyone," she said. Eventually, an offer of help came from two animatronics experts in San Fransico, Roger Holzberg and Walt Conti, who helped make the robotic animals for movies like Star Trek and Jurassic World. With their expertise, the first 270kg prototype was ready to splash into the swimming pool earlier this year. Holzberg, who's the former vice president and creative director for Disney, said it has a battery life of 10 hours and lasts in saltwater for 10 years - but the real magic is in its lifelike appearance.
"This dolphin weighs, feels and has been engineered to simulate everything from the skeletal structure, to the muscular interaction with that skeletal structure, to the fat bladders and weight deposits on a real adolescent bottlenose dolphin," he said.
"People just believed that it was real until they were told it was not. It was just absolutely incredible," Langlotz said.
The team is now looking at ways to mass produce the dolphins and add features, including a functional blowhole.
INCREDIBLE FOSSIL DISCOVERY SHOWS AN ENTIRE SCHOOL OF FISH FROM 50 MILLION YEARS AGO
An unassuming slab of limestone from the Green River Formation in North America became the final resting place of not one, not two, but a whopping 259 fish of the extinct Erismatopterus levatus species.
RUSSIA FINES 'WHALE JAIL' COMPANY WHITE WHALE!
White Whale is one of four firms holding killer and beluga whales in small enclosures on the Sea of Japan, which they say is legal. But a Vladivostok court on Friday ruled the company broke fishing rules...
BABY DOLPHIN IN FLORIDA FOUND DEATH WITH STOMACH FULL OF PLASTIC TRASH
Plastic pollution is killing marine animals at alarming rates. A baby dolphin was found dead on Fort Myers Beach, Florida, with plastic trash in its stomach last week. An autopsy conducted by biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on April 25 showed that the dolphin had ingested a balloon and two plastic bags....
FOSSIL OF 85-FOOT BLUE WHALE IS LARGEST EVER DISCOVERED
The marine giant lived about 1.5 million years ago, suggesting that blue whales started bulking up much earlier than thought.
The blue whale is not only the largest animal alive today, it is the largest one that has ever lived. Now, analysis of a fossil found on the shore of an Italian lake hints at when, and perhaps how, the blue whale became such a behemoth.
The beast’s very large skull, described today in the journal Biology Letters, confirms that this ancient blue whale is the largest known in the fossil record, reaching a whopping 85 feet long. That’s just shy of the largest modern blue whales on record, which reach up to a hundred feet. Perhaps even more surprising to scientists, though, is the fact that a whale of this size swam the seas around 1.5 million years ago, during the early Pleistocene—far earlier than previously thought.
Each year on April 14th, people across the nation celebrate
National Dolphin Day...💙
RUSSIA WILL FINALLY FREE 100 WHALES BEING HELD IN "WHALE PRISON" FOR SALE TO CHINESE AQUARIUMS...
Last year, roughly 100 whales—a mix of belugas and orcas—wound up in small, crowded enclosures there. They’ve been seen surrounded by sea ice, which threatens them with hypothermia. Now, the Kremlin is finally moving to free these poor creatures, which, allegedly, had been captured illegally by four Russian companies working together to sell them to Chinese aquariums...
GOOD NEWS!! Canadian Bill Banning Whale & Dolphin Captivity passes through Fisheries Committee with no amendments!! Whales & dolphins are 1 step closer to being protected from captivity!!!
Congratulations Senator Moore, Camille Labchuk, Phil Demers, Barb Cartwright of Humane Canada, Elizabeth May of the Green Party, Committee members and all Canadians who took a stand on this issue!!!
Ban on whale, dolphin captivity poised to become law in Canada!! A bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity in Canada passed the Commons fisheries committee Tuesday and is set for a final debate and vote.
Nearly four years after the legislation was first introduced in Parliament, the Commons fisheries committee has passed a bill banning whale and dolphin captivity in Canada.
S-203, first sponsored by now-retired Liberal senator Wilfred Moore in 2015, bans keeping and breeding cetaceans in captivity through amendments to the Criminal Code — all but ending a practice that was once a staple of the theme park experience in this country.
The bill passed the committee, unamended, on Tuesday with the support of Liberal and NDP MPs... https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-whale-dolphin-captivity-ban-1.5082664?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar&fbclid=IwAR1rL34BA2kwntxm71L-kX-d418wpvNDrY4FuGcxKg_rfUT3ycq4Dhi6-V4
Anyone can make a mistake.. Even a whale... who is feeding and suddenly has a diver in his beak..... No attack... just coincidence of being at the wrong spot at the wrong time... but nevertheless a unique moment for both diver and whale.. All went well..
Rainer Schimpf, 51, from South Africa, set off to document a natural sardine run off Port Elizabeth Harbour. The deep sea diver found the water around him churning and felt that he had been grabbed by a Bryde whale. The whale soon spat the diver out and he was able to swim back to safety as his crew watched on in shock... Watch the video on this link!!
SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD BAN WHALE, DOLPHIN CAPTIVITY IN CANADA
S-203 would make captivity and breeding of cetaceans a criminal offence in Canada
Beluga whale Qila leaps out of the water at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, B.C. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
The world’s first open water beluga sanctuary will open in Iceland in March 2019.
The sanctuary will be home to two 12-year-old beluga whales currently held at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai where they perform for visitors. The sanctuary has been in development for six years by The Sea Life Trust and Whale & Dolphin Conservation charities.
Chris Draper, Born Free's Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity, said: “Born Free welcomes initiatives that move away from traditional captivity for cetaceans and towards keeping animals who cannot be released to the wild in significantly more appropriate environments. An end to the exploitation of cetaceans in captivity is long overdue and we will need developments such as this and others such as the Whale Sanctuary Project in North America in order to care for the cetaceans that the captive industry has made non-releasable.”
I found them here in the Mediterranean Sea… An egg capsule or mermaid purse, which oviparous shark & skates (rays) are developed. It is hard to determined at this stage, but it looks like a skate egg (mermaid purse}
Skate's produce their young in an egg case called Mermaids Purse. These egg cases have distinct characteristics that are individualized to each species. This makes a great tool for identifying different species of skates. One of these identifiable structures, is the keel. The keel is a flexible ridge that runs along the outside of the structure. Another characteristic is the number of embryos in the egg case. Some species contain only one embryo while others can have up to seven. The size of the fibrous shell around the case is another characteristic. Some species have thick layers on the exterior, however other species don't even have the presence of this layer.
Skates are cartilaginous fish belonging to the family Rajidae in the superorder Batoidea of rays. More than 150 species have been described, in 17 genera. Softnose skates and pygmy skates were previously treated as subfamilies of Rajidae (Arhynchobatinae and Gurgesiellinae), but are now considered distinct families.Alternatively, the name "skate" is used to refer to the entire Rajiformes order (families Anacanthobatidae, Arhynchobatidae, Gurgesiellidae and Rajidae).
Members of Rajidae are distinguished by their stiff snout and a rostrum that is not reduced…
Dolphin sanctuary gains steam thanks to 'The Cove' director push - This month, along the misty coastlines of Cascadia, a place where the Pacific Northwest blurs into the green Canadian wilderness, Louie Psihoyos — the director of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove — will be scouting out locations! Read more: https://bigthink.com/jonathan-kendall/dolphin-sanctuary-gains-steam-thanks-to-blackfish-director-push
Photo by Jorge Sanz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
TAIWANESE HUMPBACK DOLPHIN GETS PROTECTED UNDER U.S. ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
The National Marine Fisheries Service protected rare Taiwanese humpback dolphins on Tuesday, listing the species as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act. The decision comes in response to a March 2016 petition from the Animal Welfare Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians seeking U.S. protections to help prevent the extinction of a population that now numbers fewer than 100 individuals.
"These rare dolphins deserve every possible chance to escape extinction...
GREAT NEWS! THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAS PASSED A RESOLUTION THAT PROHIBITS THE SALE OF DOLPHINS...
According to legislation published by the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, while creating more dolphinariums is not banned, nor is it illegal for existing dolphinariums to operate, for a period of five years dolphins cannot be purchased or sold – thus, making it more difficult, if not impossible to open any new facilities.
Last year, Thomas Cook, one of the oldest and best-known travel companies stopped selling tickets to certain animal attractions over concerns of animal welfare, including Ocean World in the Dominican Republic.
Millions of years of evolution to perform tricks for food. Credit: DolphinProject.com
BARCELONA SAYS NO TO CAPTIVE DOLPHINS
Barcelona Spain’s City Council has officially declared that it will not allow the establishment of new captive dolphin facilities!
The declaration, read on Friday, April 27, 2018 affirms that the city “…will not allow the exhibition or the breeding of cetaceans the property of which falls directly or indirectly to the City Council”.*
*Source: El Periodico, 4/27/18
VICTORY! MEXICO CITY ENDS MARINE MAMMAL CAPTIVITY
The fact that marine mammals do not belong in small tanks, proven by unambiguous data and countless examples of their poor quality of life in captivity, still has to be yet recognized by the majority of lawmakers in the world – but the good news is positive change is still happening. Mexico City just passed a set of laws putting an end to the commercial exploitation and use of marine mammals, among them, notably, dolphin performances...
A dolphin performs tricks at a recent Six Flags show in Mexico City.
Credit: Emily Green/PRI
REPORTER SETS MIC DOWN TO HELP RESCUE BEACHED DOLPHIN IN IRMA - BATTERED MARCO ISLAND, FLA
A local news reporter in Florida not only caught a dramatic dolphin rescue on camera, he also helped assist the beached mammal.
THIS PARTICULAR DOLPHIN CAUGHT MY ATTENTION...
What an incredible photo! To me it´s more than just a playing dolphin… it´s a dolphin traveling from and to other star dimensions, often heard about, here on photo. Wow! AMAZING <3 Here the news-report by Pete Thomas:
Steve O’Toole was photographing playful dolphins Sunday afternoon off Dana Point, California, and did not realize until later that he had captured an extraordinary image.It reveals a circular disc of water around the midsection of a leaping bottlenose dolphin, making it appear as though the mammal is hula-hooping. O’Toole is a volunteer naturalist for Dana Wharf Whale Watch and a board member for the Orange County chapter of the American Cetacean Society. He said passengers aboard the Ocean Adventure encountered about 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins, which began jumping in the swift catamaran’s wake. “This particular dolphin caught my attention because when leaping out of the water, it started twisting its body, whereas most dolphins only leap”, he said. “When the activity ended, I briefly looked at my camera’s screen to make sure the pics were there.I noticed something unusual with this particular picture and didn’t think much about it, knowing I’d take a closer look when downloading pics to my PC.”
Alisa Schulman-Janiger, an ACS researcher, said she has photographed thousands of dolphins during a span of 30 years, and has never captured or seen a similar photo…
This is a BLUE WHALE photographed during a survey of marine mammals in the eastern Pacific Ocean conducted by the Marine Mammal and Turtle Division at NOAA Fisheries' Southwest Fisheries Science Center. (Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center/James W. Gilpatrick, Jr. and Morgan S. Lynn)
Research identifies blue whale habitat in the Northern Indian Ocean.
Scientists know a great deal about blue whales off California, where the endangered species has been studied for decades. But they know far less about blue whales in the Northern Indian Ocean, where ships strike and kill some of the largest animals on Earth.
Now a research team has found a way to translate their knowledge of blue whales off California and in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean to the other side of the world, revealing those areas of the Northern Indian Ocean where whales are likely to be encountered. The team of scientists from NOAA Fisheries and the Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project published the findings in the journal Diversity and Distributions.
The Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission included the results of the study when assessing a shift in busy shipping lanes off the south coast of Sri Lanka that will reduce the danger to whales in an important feeding area.
"Small changes in shipping routes can be a very effective way to address a serious conservation issue with minimal inconvenience to the shipping industry, but rely on a good understanding of the relationship between whale distribution and habitat," said Russell Leaper, a member of the Scientific Committee. "This study makes an important contribution towards that understanding."
To meet requirements of the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act, NOAA Fisheries regularly conducts marine mammal and ecosystem assessment surveys. Surveys off the U.S. West Coast and in the eastern tropical Pacific have shown that the upwelling of deep ocean water rich in nutrients supports dense patches of krill that blue whales feed on. This information has proven critical in addressing the emerging problem of ships striking blue whales, and has informed the management of ship traffic to and from the busy ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to mitigate this problem.
"We are fortunate in the United States to have some of the best marine mammal data sets in the world," said Jessica Redfern, a research scientist at NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif., and lead author of the new study. "It was exciting to explore how we could use these data sets to aid conservation efforts in parts of the world where few data exist."
The research developed computer models of blue whale habitat off the U.S. West Coast and in the eastern tropical Pacific, including upwelling and underwater topography that affects areas of krill concentration. The models then identified similar upwelling and feeding regions in the Northern Indian Ocean that are also likely to be important habitat for the endangered species.
"The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project has spear-headed efforts to draw attention to and mitigate the risk of ships striking blue whales in Sri Lankan waters. To best protect this species in this data-limited region, it is essential to adapt approaches developed in other parts of the world. Our collaboration achieves just that," said Asha de Vos, founder of the Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project and a coauthor on the study.
The Northern Indian Ocean and its inhabitants have not been surveyed to the same extent as the eastern Pacific Ocean, and much of the information about whale distributions comes from Soviet whaling several decades ago. However, the model results matched up well with the limited information available, the scientists reported.
The model suggests that the distribution of blue whales in the Northern Indian Ocean may shift seasonally, following their food as monsoon climate patterns alter the most productive habitat. The scientists concluded that research and monitoring is critical in the areas identified as blue whale habitat in the Northern Indian Ocean because many of these areas overlap with some of the busiest shipping routes in the world.
"Marine mammals face threats from human activities in most of the world's oceans, but we lack the data needed to address these threats in many areas," Redfern said. "The data collected aboard our surveys allow us to predict species habitat in other parts of the world. Understanding species habitat allows us to address conservation problems that are often unexpected and critical to maintaining healthy populations." Materials provided by NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region.
CAUGHT ON FILM FOR THE FIRST TIME: ONE OF THE WORLD'S RAREST WHALES
An image from the first video ever taken of the elusive True's beaked whale. (Roland Edler)
“Imagine,” Aguilar de Soto said, “these are animals the size of elephants that we just can't find. They're a mystery.”
Newborn humpback whales 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid being overheard by killer whales, researchers have discovered.
Ecologists from Denmark and Australia used temporary tags on humpback mothers and their calves in Exmouth Gulf off western Australia to learn more about the first months of a humpback's life.
According to lead author Simone Videsen of the University of Aarhus: "We know next to nothing about the early life stages of whales in the wild, but they are crucial for the calves' survival during the long migration to their feeding grounds. This migration is very demanding for young calves. They travel 5,000 miles across open water in rough seas and with strong winds. Knowing more about their suckling will help us understand what could disrupt this critical behaviour, so we can target conservation efforts more effectively."
Humpbacks spend their summer in the food-rich waters of the Antarctic or Arctic, and in the winter migrate to the tropics to breed and mate. While in tropical waters such as Exmouth Gulf, calves must gain as much weight as possible to embark on their first, epic migration.
Together with colleagues from Murdoch University, Videsen tagged eight calves and two mothers. To capture the faint sounds of the calves, they used special tags developed by the University of St Andrews. The tags attach to whales via suction cups and record sounds made and heard by whales, along with their movements, for up to 48 hours before detaching to float at the surface.
The study found that mothers and calves spend significant amounts of time nursing and resting. The recordings also revealed that newborn humpbacks communicate with their mothers using intimate grunts and squeaks - a far cry from the loud, haunting song of the male humpback whale.
The data tags showed that these quiet calls usually occurred while whales were swimming, suggesting they help mother and calf keep together in the murky waters of Exmouth Gulf. "We also heard a lot of rubbing sounds, like two balloons being rubbed together, which we think was the calf nudging its mother when it wants to nurse," says Videsen. Such quiet communication helps reduce the risk of being overheard by killer whales nearby, she believes: "Killer whales hunt young humpback calves outside Exmouth Gulf, so by calling softly to its mother the calf is less likely to be heard by killer whales, and avoid attracting male humpbacks who want to mate with the nursing females."
The findings will help conserve this important humpback habitat and - crucially - ensure these nursery waters are kept as quiet as possible.
"From our research, we have learned that mother-calf pairs are likely to be sensitive to increases in ship noise. Because mother and calf communicate in whispers, shipping noise could easily mask these quiet calls." There are two major humpback whale populations, one in the northern hemisphere and the other in the south. Both breed in the tropics during the winter and then migrate to the Arctic or Antarctic during the summer to feed. Humpback whales are slow to reproduce. Pregnancy lasts for around one year and calves - which are 5 meters at birth - stay with their mothers until they are one year old. During their first weeks of life, calves can grow by up to one meter per month.
Story Source: Materials provided by British Ecological Society (BES).
Photo credit: Ed Lyman/NOAA, under NOAA permit #14682
7 COMMON DOLPHINS RELEASED AT WEST DENNIS BEACH
650 WHALES ARE STRANDED IN NEW ZEALAND
A volunteer pours water on some of the stranded pilot whales at Farewell Spit.
Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images
SURFERS HEAR BABY WHALE CRYING AND COME RUNNING TO HELP HER
Earlier this year, Mauricio Camareno and his friends were able to help mother nature in a way that few people ever get the chance to. The group of surfers were enjoying their day on a Costa Rican beach when they heard an odd sound. Then they saw something in the water. It was a baby pilot whale that had gotten trapped...
TILIKUM: SEAWORLD KILLER WHALE FROM BLACKFISH DOCUMENTARY DIES
WORLD'S OLDEST KNOWN KILLER WHALE GRANNY DIES
Photo: J2, or Granny, in the Salish Sea in 2010
The world's oldest known killer whale, affectionately known as Granny, is missing and presumed dead, researchers say.
Estimated to be over 100 years old, the matriarch's official name was J2.
She was the focal point of a recent BBC documentary that followed biologists' study of her clan of orcas, an effort to unravel an evolutionary mystery...
'ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME SHOT' OF DOLPHIN IN SCOTLAND SPITTING OUT A WATER HEART
A BOTTLENOSE dolphin has been caught on camera sharing its affectionate side - by spitting out water in the shape of a HEART.
Lorraine Culloch was at Chanonry Point in Scotland, when she had her camera pointing to the water in the hope of catching some memorable photos of dolphins, but did not realise how lucky she would be.
BABY DOLPHIN DESPERATELY STRUGGLES IN NET UNTIL PEOPLE CAN REACH HIM
Photo: Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute
His dolphin family waited there for days and never left his side!
"The baby dolphin was returned back to the water immediately after it was freed from the netting," CIMWI wrote. He knew he was back where he belonged. "He was seen swimming towards his mother and the other dolphins in the pod," the group wrote. Kudos to those vets who thought it best to reunite him with his mom as soon as possible, rather than take him elsewhere for rehabilitation where he might be held captive to perform tricks for the rest of his life!
NATIONAL AQUARIUM WILL MOVE DOLPHINS TO A SANCTUARY BY 2020
Baltimore's National Aquarium announced plans Tuesday morning to move its colony of dolphins from its amphitheater pool to the nation's first oceanside dolphin sanctuary. The decision comes after years of protests by animal activists and others who consider it inhumane to keep such large, intelligent animals as performers in captivity.
The aquarium said it has spent five years weighing options for the animals, which scientists believe display an advanced intellect compared with other species and can't fully thrive outside their natural habitats, where they form social groups and can swim great distances. Read more about:
A family of dolphins, two adults and two juveniles become stranded on Cartron beach, Blacksod bay.
"CAN DOLPHINS WHO ARE CAPTIVE-BORN BE SUCCESSFULLY RELEASED INTO THE WILD?"
How one captive-born dolphin escapted captivity and joined a wild pod - Seaworld MYTH BUSTED!!
This dolphin proved you don't have to be from the wild to know that's where you belong... Without any prior training, Annessa went into the wild and never looked back...
TRACKING RESCUED DOLPHIN SHOWS PROMISE FOR SURVIVAL
IFAW’s Misty Niemeyer and AmeriCorps Jori Barley support the dolphin in preparation for release.
Rescuers extract the dolphin from the stranding site.
DIRT BIKE FOURSOME STAGE UNIQUE DOLPHIN RESCUE
IN PROBABLY the only dirt bike related dolphin rescue in history, four men dived head first into an unexpected situation and saved three beached marine mammals... Read more about:
DOLPHINS IN RIVIERA DEL CONERO
11th of September 2015
DOLPHINS AGAIN CLOSE TO THE HARBOR
Delfini a 1 miglio dal porto di ancona 🐬🐬🐬🐬🐬
6th of July 2015
Photo by Sergio Tocaciu
DOLPHINS IN ANCONA HARBOR
5th of June 2015 - we were called… 8 Bottlenose dolphins (with 2 babies) in the harbor. We went twice out with the boat and FORTUNATELY they ALL were ok. I am sooooo HAPPY and GRATEFUL – now they are safe and FREE again, jumping in the open Sea!! THANKS!!
WATCH THE BEAUTIFUL MOMENT TWO CAPTIVE DOLPHINS RETURN TO THE WILD
Two dolphins lived in a tiny swimming pool so that humans could play with them. The dolphins had been captured and brought to a theme park in Turkey, where tourists could pay to swim with dolphins in the tiny pool. Thankfully, Born Free Foundation launched a campaign to free them. But freeing dolphins from captivity isn't easy. Because dolphins are so smart, they need to be challenged so they don't get bored. In captivity, dolphins don't receive the natural and adventurous lives they're built for.
Tom and Misha are two dolphins who lost many of their wild instincts and behaviors in captivity, so when they were rescued they were brought to a sea pen where they worked with special trainers for 20 months to ensure they had the skills needed to survive. The dolphins went through extensive training to help them remember how to be wild. Tom and Misha needed to relearn how to hunt for themselves. Because captive dolphins forced to entertain humans spend 80 percent of their time above water, Tom and Misha needed to be taught that they are better off below the surface. At first, they were scared to leave the human world they'd come to know. But that didn't last long.
After their release in 2012, Born Free has been keeping track of the dolphins to ensure their long-term wellbeing. And Tom and Misha are thriving in the wild waters of the Mediterranean Sea and beyond. A new report on the release of Tom and Misha is believed to be the most thorough yet, offering some important lessons for future dolphin freeing projects. We hope.
SUPERPOD OF MORE THAN 1.000 DOLPHINS SPOTTED OFF THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA
It's always an exhilarating treat to spot a couple of dolphins gracefully dipping in and out of the surf whilst cruising along on a boat trip. Imagine, then, the excitement of seeing not dozens, not hundreds, but more than 1,000 of these cetaceans around you.
Dolphins are intelligent and social creatures usually found in pods composed of dozens of members. This helps them protect one another from danger and care for injured or sick individuals as a cluster. When many of such pods cross paths, they can temporarily form superpods of sometimes hundreds or thousands.
This is what happened just last week off the coast of California during a tour with Captain Dave's Dolphin Whale and Safari, where over 1,000 dolphins were spotted swimming as a superpod in the waters. These mega gatherings often occur where food is in high abundance or if they face a dangerous situation, but they have also been known to take place in the absence of either.
Seeing a similar dolphin rush last year, Dave Anderson of Captain Dave’s Dolphin Whale and Safari filmed the video shown below using a drone launched from an inflatable boat.
In what is believed to be the largest dolphin pod recently observed, an estimated 100,000 dolphins were sighted in 2013 off the coast of San Diego in a super-megapod estimated to be five miles wide.
"When you see something like that it is truly beyond belief. They were coming from all directions. You could see them from as far as the eye can see,” said Captain Joe Dutra ofHornblower Cruises to NBC.
photo credit: Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari/A dolphin superpod in full force.
WHAT IT TAKES TO RESCUE A DOLPHIN CALF
It took two days of effort and about 35 people, but a baby dolphin is safe after being tangled in fishing line off Fort Pierce. We're happy to report the calf and its mom are doing well and were released back to the ocean. Share this story and learn more about the rescue: http://bit.ly/18xdLyd
Photo: WPTV & Marine Connection
February 25, 2015 Italy, Rocca Mare...a stranded dolphin...
Unfortunately our team was called too much late
(after 3,5 hours!!!)…
I am sure we could save you, little ANGEL!!
This breaks my heart and I am crying… I am so sorry… so sorry...
Rest In Peace „heart“-Emoticon I love you......
THANKS, SOS Dolfijn!
19th of January 2015 - A harbor porpoise stranded on the island of Terschelling this afternoon. The animal has been offered first aid by local rescue personal. At the moment, SOS Dolfijn is transporting the animal to the rehabilitation center and will arrive there shortly. The animal has some cuts and shall be further examined later. Getting ready for a long night!
The porpoise that came in yesterday made it through the night well and is swimming on its own! It is a young male of approximately 1.10meter. After rehydration, his first feeding and a thorough medical checkup we have good hopes for his recovery.
GREAT NEWS!! This afternoon we released harbor porpoises Hugo and Bart. The two animals were transported back to the North Sea with great success after rehabilitation in our center the past months. We are all very excited about this!
LAST 54 MAUI'S
& 25 % REMAINING HECTOR'S DOLPHINS
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"Our" LAST 54 Maui's & 25% remaining Hector's Dolphins are RUNNING out of TIME!!! Let's keep the pressure up with our message to the NZ govt. that the WORLD is WATCHING!!
Spread the word about our campaign:
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CAN CAPTIVE DOLPHINS BE READAPTED AND RELEASED? YES!!!
LINCOLN MAN SAVES STRANDED BABY DOLPHIN
A PORT Lincoln man gave a baby dolphin a second chance at life when he rescued it from being stranded on the beach near Sleaford on Tuesday.
Some good news for a change:
STRANDED DOLPHIN RESCUE IN BATUKARAS, West Java.
I love how they carry a dolphin, just like they would carry a person.
Photo by Giang GW
TOURISTS RESCUE BABY DOLPHIN STRANDED ON A BEACH IN GREECE
DOLPHIN ADOPTS NEW CALF
A Bottlenose dolphin known as Kiwi with her adopted calf Pee-Wee.
DOLPHINS SCARE OFF A SHARK DURING BRITISH SWIMMER’S 8 HOUR CHALLANGE
This story is so incredible, and this is why we love the dolphins so much. This man was on an 8 hour swim to raise money and awareness for dolphins and in return they surround him and save him from a shark. Amazing.
DOLPHINS HELP YOUNG SEAL
A DRONE CAPTURED THIS RARE & UNUSUAL EVENT HAPPENING IN THE OCEAN. CAN YOU SPOT IT?
A LETTER FROM MY FRIEND MAYRA
For our brothers and sisters in the ocean. A tribute to the dolphins of Japan:
I have had the privilege to have spent hundreds of hours with these unbelievable beautiful beings and it really breaks my heart if I see them being killed so very very brutally in Japan.
They are pure love! In all my numerous times with them I have not seen the slightest or tiniest hint of anger, aggression, egoism in them, I have only seen and experienced love and pure love again, joy, happiness.
They only bring blessings. They only love us. They only want to play and be with us. They are anchoring heaven on earth on this planet and never fell out of grace. Only humans did. They have saved humans abound, they only see us in our highest, the look behind every mask and really see the true being in us. They give us a feeling of being home. They took me right into their families and into their pod. They have made me happy so many many times. They have shown their compassion when I needed it most and loved me when I needed it most. They have brought me back to the now-moment over and over again. They have looked deeply into my eyes letting me know that I am loved and that love is all that really matters.
Now they need us! Now we need to give back. Now we need to save them. Not only are the killed, please also be aware that for every dolphin that leaves this planet the dark side can step in and take the place of the light. With every dolphin killed a piece of paradise leaves this planet.
These people who kill them know that! They don’t need their meat. They are ripping our planet from their high frequency!!! Knowingly!!!
We need the dolphins for a peaceful planet earth. I firmly believe so!
So please help them in every way you possibly can and hold them in the light and in your prayers. Thank you, thank you and thank you again for every piece of light and help and prayer and action they receive and every contribution in whatever form that you can give. I know that the dolphins know of every one of you and every help.
Bless them. Protect them. My gratitude is endless for you – beautiful angels of the sea.
TAIJI – JAPAN… THIS LITTLE GIRL IS GOING TO BRING A LOT MORE ATTENTION TO THE WORLD…
18th of January 2014: 250 Bottlenose dolphins – 5 pods - were taken from their home, the sea.
This little Albino dolphin lives now in captivity in the Whale museum of Taiji and the whole world is watching Taiji…
Never be silent… Never give up!!
DOLPHIN FREED FROM FISHING GEAR IN INDIAN RIVER LAGOON
Thanks to all of you!
DOLPHIN MEGAPOD SEEN FOR THE FIRST TIME – in pictures
Photos by John Downer Productions
DOLPHIN "JEDOL" FREED TO OCEAN
An Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin “Chunsam,” pokes its head out of water and another dolphin “Jedol” swims behind in waters off Jeju Island, Thursday, before they were freed to the open sea. / Yonhap
RARE SIGHTING OF 1.000 DOLPHINS OFF THE GULF ISLANDS
LEVI THE RESCUED PORPOISE BY VANCOUVER AQUARIUM
The sea mammal had a lung infection and couldn’t swim or eat…
COSTA CONCORDIA, il delfino che rallentò operazioni di recupero. Cercava cibo.
Costa Concordia, operazioni rallentate da un delfino. Cercava cibo nella stiva (foto dal video con intervista al professore di biologia marina Ardizzone)
GRAZIE DI VERO CUORE ~ THANKS WITH MY WHOLE HEART ~ DANKE VON GANZEM HERZEN ~
The project COSTA CONCORDIA started 4 hours later… cause there was a dolphin in this area and the responsible didn’t want to disturb him/her!! The small dolphin was there searching for food, this area is known like “cetacean sanctuary” ~ for that reason they tried to make all the best to protect the indigenous species of cetaceans…
There happens so often wonderful miracle in this world…
SURF’S UP! POD OF 40 BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS RIDE 8ft-HIGH WAVES ALONG SOUTH AFRICAN COAST
DOLPHIN RESCUED AT ELCHE BEACH
TO SAVE THE GREEK DOLPHIN
‘To Save The Greek Dolphin’ is the story of small Greek community in Mykonos coming together to care for a sick dolphin.
I happened to be there as a tourist and got to capture their efforts on camera. (briandocfilm)
Ancient Greeks had a special reverence for dolphins and in their mythology, spotting dolphins riding in a ship’s wake is considered a good omen.
I couldn’t help but think of the difference between this community, desperate to save one sick dolphin, and the village of Taiji, Japan, where they are routinely slaughtered...
SAUVETAGE DE DAUPHIN À PIÉMANSON
Sauvetage de dauphin à Piémanson
MERCI À TOUS LES ASSISTANTS!
STRANDED BABY BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN RESCUED FROM REMOTE KERRY BEACH
Photograph: Michael Tobin/RNLI/PA WIRE
MYSTERY OVER THE SEVEN-MILE LONG 'SUPER MEGA POD' 100.000 DOLPHINS SPOTTED OFF THE COAST OF SAN DIEGO
Dolphins typically travel in groups of anywhere between 15 and 200 which are called pods. A group of over 100,000 dolphins spotted off the coast of San Diego caused a spectacle for nature watchers as they traveled together in an enormous pack.
‘They were coming from all directions, you could see them from as far as the eye can see,’ Joe Dutra said after seeing the spectacle first hand.
Mr. Dutra, who captains Hornblower Cruises, was out on his daily tour with a boat full of nature watchers when he spotted the massive group of dolphins.
Massive group of mammals: A ship captain spotted a group of 100,000 dolphins swimming together off the coast of San Diego on Thursday and experts are unable to give a specific reasoning for why such a large group would be there.
‘I’ve seen a lot of stuff out here… but this is the biggest I’ve ever seen, ever,’ he told the local NBC affiliate.
While it does seem like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a very similar flock of thousands of dolphins were seen swimming together about this time last year. At the end of February in 2012, an unspecified group of dolphins was spotted swimming about 65 miles north of San Diego...
DOLPHIN RESCUE IN SAN DIEGO
“My buddy walking down the beach in San Diego and stumbled across a beached baby dolphin. There happened to be people working for Sea World passing by at that moment and said that the dolphin was okay. My buddy took the dolphin and walked it out to sea and released her back into the wild.”
More photos here: http://imgur.com/a/yBzki
DOLPHIN RESCUE HAWAII
"I was at the right time at the right place..."
JAPANESE ISLAND OF TOSHIMA MAKES DOLPHINS OFFICIAL CITIZENS
“On a small island 100 miles from Tokyo islanders, mostly fishermen, have declared resident dolphins to be citizens, fully protected while in the island’s waters…. This tiny island is called Toshima Island. The fishermen there want to show the world how some Japanese revere & protect wild dolphins. A long time Japanese ally, Elsa Nature Conservancy, has pledged to help the Toshima Islanders educate Japan about the wonders of wild dolphins.”
NEW SCIENCE EMBOLDENS LONG SHOT BID FOR DOLPHIN, WHALE RIGHTS
Over the last several decades, researchers have shown that many dolphin and whale species are extraordinarily intelligent and social creatures, with complex cultures and rich inner lives. They are, in a word, persons. http://www.wired.com/2012/07/cetacean-rights/
30 DOLPHINS STRANDING AND INCREDIBLY SAVED!!
About 30 Dolphins stranded and saved by local people at Arraial do Cabo (Brazil) in the morning.
THANKS TO ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!