Palaeontology
Dolphins Had a Jurassic-Era Reptile Twin Featuring Blubber and Warm Blood

Ichthyosaurs and dolphins are the archetypal examples of convergent evolution in action, in which two completely unrelated species acquire near identical characteristics. The discovery of a new ichthyosaur fossil suggests this Jurassic-era creature was even more dolphin-like than we appreciated, featuring warm-blood, blubber, and even similar camouflage. Read More >>

animals
Dangerously Horny Dolphin Ruins Swimming for French Town 

A village on the coast of France has banned swimming in the presence of Zafar, a bottlenose dolphin that has become problematically horny. Read More >>

ecology
The Great Dolphin-Human War Is Inching Closer

After all of those years of humans holding dolphins in shackles, mocking them with cutesy depictions in the media, and forcing them to do tricks under inhumane conditions at theme parks, the cetaceans may finally have their revenge. They’re attacking our fisheries. Read More >>

animals
More Than 140 Whales Are Dead After Mass Stranding in Australia

Rescuers in Australia’s Hamelin Bay struggled to save six short-finned pilot whales out of an estimated 150 who beached themselves on the rocky shore on Friday. Read More >>

animals
Fake Whales Stranded on Lincolnshire Beach

There's a charity in the UK called British Divers Marine Life Rescue, and one of the things it does is train people with an interest in how to save the lives of big things that wash up on beaches. The living things, not the shipping containers full of motorbikes. Read More >>

science
Biologists Have a Cosmic Explanation For Last Year’s Mysterious Sperm Whale Strandings

Last year brought what seemed like a disturbing omen to communities surrounding Europe’s North Sea: a whole lot of beached sperm whales. As Gizmodo reported at the time, the whales entered the sea’s shallow waters, where their internal sonar-like systems stopped working, causing them to become stranded and die. But scientists didn’t know why the whales entered these dangerous shallow waters in the first place. Read More >>

science
Extremely Relatable Dolphins Are Getting Breathalysed to Make Sure They’re Okay

By now, you probably know that humans are really screwing up the ocean. Climate change aside, we often dump oil into it, ruining the lives of whatever animals live nearby. Just imagine if someone drilled for oil right in the centre of your house and then accidentally got the toxic black sludge all over your bedroom, bathroom, car, and all of your food. Read More >>

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Dreamy Slo-Mo Footage of Dolphins Chasing a Boat Will Make Your Day More Manageable

As you stare at your computer screen on a slow afternoon, you’re probably wondering why your job doesn’t involve majestic dolphins and stunning background scenery. We don’t have any answers for you, but at least there’s a fullscreen option so you can temporarily forget all those emails you’re avoiding. Read More >>

animals
Some Dipshit Thought it Was a Good Idea to Put a Shirt on a Dolphin

Boaters off the coast of Western Australia have spotted a bottlenose dolphin that appears to be wearing some kind of shirt. Wildlife officials suspect it was a deliberate act — one that could have caused the aquatic mammal to suffocate. Alarmingly, the dolphin hasn’t been since since. Read More >>

science
How Whales Turned Sound Into a Killing Tactic

Say hello to the “Echo Hunter,” a 27 million-year-old toothed whale that’s helping scientists understand how these ancient sea creatures evolved the ability to hear high-frequencies underwater, and then turn that ability into a killing technique. Read More >>

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Baby Dolphin Dies After Humans Try to Take Photos With It

A bunch of beach-goers in Argentina last week inadvertently killed an endangered baby dolphin when they scooped it out of the ocean and started taking pictures of it Read More >>

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Unprecedented Image Shows a Dolphin’s Impression of a Human

In a world’s first, researchers from the US and UK have created an impression of a submerged human as recorded by a dolphin’s echolocation. Read More >>

environment
UN: Ships Need to Shut Up So Whales and Dolphins Can Hear

The noises made by the gargantuan boats that move our stuff from one continent to another are ruining marine life. So this week, new regulations have been issued by the International Maritime Organization, the sea-faring agency of the United Nations, asking shipping companies to turn down the volume. Read More >>

military
Dolphin Sonar Can Help to Uncover Roadside Bombs and IEDs

Some say that swimming with dolphins can have healing properties, but the super-smart aquatic mammals may have a far more tangible gift to bestow upon mankind. A team of British researchers have been inspired by the dolphin's sonar to create a remarkably accurate and cheap to produce bomb sensor. Read More >>