dolphins

  • Female dolphins like to get frisky

    The cetaceans’ clitoris is found to be a lot like ours.

    It was long thought – perhaps naively – that humans were the only animal to take pleasure in sex.This fusty attit...

    Animals January 11, 2022
  • Why don’t whales get cancer?

    Cetaceans may have more rapidly evolving genes.

    Whales, dolphins and porpoises are the world’s largest and longest-living mammals – and they can resist cancer. W...

    Health February 25, 2021
  • NatureWrap: Dolphins are clever breathers

    Plus helpful rats, jaguar threats and acoustic wings.

    Dolphins actively slow their hearts before diving and can even adjust their heart rate to suit how long they plan to ...

    Animals November 28, 2020
  • NatureWatch: Sounds of dogs and dolphins

    Lessons learned with old techniques and new.

    A singing dog encore?The New Guinea Singing Dog (NGSD), not seen in the wild for 50 years, is not lost forever, a...

    Animals September 1, 2020
  • Conversation

    Seafood to die for

    These fish use their spines to fight off seals.

    For most of us, that’s a question about money. But what if the cost were actual pain, injury and death? For some seal...

    Features May 6, 2020
  • The brilliance of bioluminescence

    Seeing dolphins swim in a new light.

    One of the largest migrations on earth takes place in the ocean every night.Billions of tiny marine organisms kno...

    ASC Edits April 23, 2020
  • Dolphins form “boybands”

    Coordinating vocalisations to woo fertile females.

    Boybands are synonymous with woo-ing women with love songs. From N*Sync to Backstreet Boys, even BTS, the harmonies, ...

    Animals April 3, 2020
  • River dolphins turn out to be talkative

    They have a much greater vocal range than previously thought.

    A rare river dolphin thought to be solitary and mostly silent has been revealed to make hundreds of sounds, raising q...

    Marine life April 23, 2019
  • Dolphin sex isn’t just about babies

    Copulation is as much about bonding as babies.

    World-first examinations of the dolphin clitorises suggest that sex may be a pleasurable exercise for the marine mamm...

    Marine life April 7, 2019
  • Dolphins grieve for their dead

    Interpretation of the grieving remains contested.

    A female dolphin may carry its deceased calf around for days, until the body is in such a state of decomposition that...

    Marine life June 14, 2018
  • A dolphin listens for danger

    They distinguish between a threat and one passing by.

    Risso’s dolphins – such as this one swimming off the coast of southern California – can not only distinguish between ...

    Marine life June 12, 2018
  • Dolphins plan their dives

    They gather intelligence useful for future hunts.

    Dolphins have been found to ignore the pressing need to breathe in order to plan for their next hunting dive, a behav...

    Marine life February 28, 2018
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