The beluga whales leading the way for marine mammal rehabilitation

Written by Alicia Shephard After a decade of being held captive for entertainment, two beluga whales are being re-released into the ocean – paving the way for marine mammal rehabilitation around the world. After being ripped from their home at just three years old and forced to spend over 10 years in captivity, ‘Little Grey’ … More The beluga whales leading the way for marine mammal rehabilitation

Social lives of juvenile dolphins prepare them for adulthood

New research into the social lives of juvenile bottlenose dolphins has revealed choices involving friendships and activities can help prepare individuals for later life, especially with regards to their defined gender roles. Bottlenose dolphins are often regarded as one of the most intelligent and social animals behind humans, with fantastic problem solving abilities, large groups … More Social lives of juvenile dolphins prepare them for adulthood

Fossilized barnacles uncover ancient whale migration routes

Often considered one of the most boring and unremarkable organisms in the ocean, barnacles are now being used to track whale migrations over millions of years of evolutionary time. New research into the barnacles of whales has revealed these tiny hitchhikers can act like black boxes for whales, recording where in the world they have … More Fossilized barnacles uncover ancient whale migration routes

Pass the puffer: do teenage dolphins chew on toxic fish to get high?

Ever since video footage of ‘intoxicated’ adolescent dolphins chewing together on poisonous pufferfish was released in 2014, there has been longstanding belief that that this was evidence of recreational drug use. But were we reading too much into it?   Whilst you may think of recreational drug use as a very human concept, it turns … More Pass the puffer: do teenage dolphins chew on toxic fish to get high?