Northern Rightwhale Dolphin

The Northern Rightwhale Dolphins live in the North Pacific. They spend spring, summer and fall at higher latitude feeding grounds and migrate south in the winter months finding warmer waters. The Rightwhale is blackish in color, without a dorsal fin, the head of these dolphins take up 1/4 of its total body length. An adult can reach lengths of 14-17 meters and weigh up to 20 or 30 metric tons.

The Northern Rightwhale Dolphin feeds on squid and deep sea fish such as Krill.

The Bottlenose Dolphin

The Bottlenose Dolphin is part of the Tursiopstruncatus Genus Lissodelphis family. These particular dolphins vary in size due to habitat differences. The average size of a Bottlenose Dolphin is 8.2 to 8.9 feet when fully grown and weigh between 419 to 573lbs. in Florida waters. In the Pacific they can reach lengths of 12 feet and weigh as much as 1000lbs. The Bottlenose Dolphin found in the Mediterranian Ocean can reach lengths exceeding 12 feet. On average, full-grown males are longer than the females and much heavier.

The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin

The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin, which is part of the Delphinus-Delphis family, is one of the two forms of common dolphins. The long-beaked common dolphin is also part of the common dolphin family along with the long-beaked common dolphin. Although the long and short beaked common dolphins have many similarities they also have distinct characteristics that seperate them.

Common dolphins are colorful with a criss-cross hourglass color patern. The short-beaked common dolphin is brighter in color compared to the long-beaked species.

The Long Beaked Common Dolphin

The long beaked dolphin or, Delphinus Capensis, is also known as a "common Dolphin" along with the short beaked dolphin. The long beaked dolphin is part of the Delphinidae family. These are mammals, (air breathing animals that give birth to live calfs), that like tropical warm waters and they are most often found in coastal waters.

Swim with Dolphins

Swimming with dolphins is considered to be a relaxing and fun adventure for anyone that has the love and curiosity for these peaceful mammals. Dolphins have held the curiosity of many for years. If you are one of the many persons looking for an opportunity to swim with dolphins, you’ll find the following information helpful in finding destinations to do just that.

U.S. to use sonar that could hurt dolphins, whales

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- U.S. government regulators granted the navy a permit Tuesday to use sonar in an international maritime exercise involving Canadian ships, despite environmentalists' concerns it could disturb or even kill whales and dolphins.

It was the first such permit granted to the navy, and one environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, said it will file a lawsuit Wednesday to prevent the sonar's use.

The monthlong exercise, which includes anti-submarine training, involves naval forces from eight countries, including Canada.

Complacency warning over dolphins

from Hawke's Bay Today

The granddaughter-in-law of Napier businessman and benefactor Sir Russell Pettigrew is hoping for a last-ditch turnaround decision to replace the dolphins at Marineland - despite the likely outcome that it will be rejected.

Mayor Barbara Arnott has previously said the council's hands were tied by Government restrictions on replacing dolphins, unless a petition circulating forced MPs to change their minds.

NZ urged to better protect dolphins

from TVNZ

A committee of the International Whaling Commission has called on New Zealand to offer dolphins and whales more protection from the impact of tourism.

The Commission's Scientific Committee was presented with a research paper from Otago University which says bottlenose dolphins in Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, are going into new fiords to try to avoid tour boats.

The paper says the extra energy they use to do that is resulting in fewer successful pregnancies and the death of young calves.

Japan's whaling ways must end

By Brenda Peterson of The Seattle Times

When I was fortunate enough to visit Tokyo and Kyoto, thanks to a Japanese publisher, I was moved and impressed by the growing environmental movement there, which has made Henry Thoreau's "Walden" a bestseller and inspired thousands of young people to work for conservation of other species, particularly whales and dolphins.

Yet, once again, Japan is lobbying the International Whaling Commission meeting this week to expand whale huntin

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