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One of the great scientific surprises in recent times is how an inshore dolphin with a melon shaped head and smiley mouth, was discovered as Australia’s first endemic species of dolphin as recently as 2005.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland has embarked on a revolutionary discussion: Should they retire their captive dolphins to a sanctuary?
It is good news that the CEO Racanelli does seem to be committed to the idea of doing what’s best for the dolphins.
When it’s time to rest, a dolphin will shut down only one hemisphere of its brain, and close the opposite eye (the left eye will be closed when the right half of the brain sleeps, and vice versa).
Read a scientific explaination of how dolphins sleep.
The project is led by WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation and the ARCHIE Foundation working in partnership with Wild in Art the UK’s leader in the development, management and production of spectacular mass-appeal public art events.
Check out the website with all the details.
Cetaceans have been known to display remarkable behaviors such as rudimentary forms of “culture” for the transfer of information.
In her article Heather Alberro is investigating the intellectual and emotional lives of cetaceans. A very interesting read.
A very comprehensive article in the Guardian addressing all the issues of keeping cetaceans in captivity. Important video clips and other links.
Make captivity a thing of the past