Mass stranding Hamelin Bay, Western Australia 23 March,2009

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There are several different types of strandings, and scientists continue to research the causes of each. Some researchers point to the whale 'pod' social structure, which relies on one dominant whale. This phenomenon can sometimes result in a group of whales following a disoriented or sick whale onto shore. Others theorize that pods swim too close to the beach when hunting prey or evading predators and become trapped by low tides.

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Photo: 80 long-finned pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins stranded at Hamelin Bay, Western Australia [23 March,2009] Photo: Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, Liz Wren.

2009 News Reports

  1. NZCity, Sat, 17 Oct 2009 17:19 PM PDT - Moko delights Gisborne
    18 October 2009 Moko the dolphin is delighting a crowd in Gisborne with a frolic in the city's river system. (Source)

  2. TVNZ, Sat, 17 Oct 2009 16:01 PM PDT - Dolphin delights crowd in Gisborne with frolic in river system
    Moko the dolphin is delighting a crowd in Gisborne with a frolic in the city's river system (Source)

  3. The Japan Times, Sat, 17 Oct 2009 14:05 PM PDT - Okada urges understanding for Taiji
    Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada on Friday called for people to respect other countries' cultures and habits after environmental conservation groups criticized the annual dolphin slaughters in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. Dolphin hunting in the town was thrust into the international spotlight after the U.S. documentary "The Cove," which highlighted the issue, was screened in the United States ... (Source)

  4., Sat, 17 Oct 2009 13:10 PM PDT - Tokyo 'green' film festival opens
    TOKYO (AFP) - The Tokyo International Film Festival opened Saturday with a debut screening of a US-made documentary about a traditional dolphin hunt in Japan a contentious inclusion at the week-long gala. (Source)

  5. Guardian Unlimited, Fri, 16 Oct 2009 23:22 PM PDT - Film Weekly: Dolphin slaughter
    This week, Jason Solomons meets the intrepid team behind the documentary The Cove , a film that goes to extraordinary lengths to expose the world's largest dolphin slaughter in a protected cove close to the town of Taiji in Japan. Director Louie Psihoyos and Flipper trainer Ric O'Barry reveal the shocking secrets behind the multibillion-dollar industry in captive dolphins, how they employed the ... (Source)

  6. Sydney Morning Herald, Fri, 16 Oct 2009 23:08 PM PDT - Japanese town with dolphin hunt tests for mercury
    A central Japanese town targeted by an American film for its annual dolphin hunt says it is checking residents for mercury poisoning that may be caused by regularly eating whale and dolphin meat. (Source)

  7. AsiaOne, Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:06 PM PDT - Japan dolphin hunting town threatens to sue over 'The Cove'
    TOKYO, Japan - A town at the centre of a controversial dolphin slaughtering documentary could sue the film makers, local fisheries officials said Wednesday, as it premiered at a Tokyo film festival. (Source)

  8. Calcutta News, Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:01 PM PDT - Dolphin movie attracts Japanese to cinema
    A documentary filmed secretly in Japan has received mixed reviews at the Tokyo International Film Festival. (Source)

  9. Perth Now, Wed, 21 Oct 2009 17:50 PM PDT - Dolphin film sue threat
    A JAPANESE town at the centre of a controversial dolphin-slaughtering documentary could sue the film makers, local fisheries officials said. (Source)

  10. Daily Telegraph, Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:50 PM PDT - Taiji officials seeing red over The Cove
    OFFICIALS in a Japanese coastal town may sue the people behind dolphin-slaughter doco The Cove , accusing them of covertly shooting footage using divers and hidden cameras. (Source)

  11. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:48 PM PDT - Dolphin-hunting film gets mixed reaction in Tokyo
    TOKYO €” Viewers expressed mixed reactions Wednesday to "The Cove," a covertly filmed movie about a Japanese dolphin-hunting village that was shown to the Japanese public for the first time at the Tokyo International Film Festival. (Source)

  12. The Japan Times, Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:07 PM PDT - 'Cove' director antes up flick's profits if town halts dolphin hunts
    NARITA, Chiba Pref. (AP) The director of a secretly filmed documentary that shows the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, said Tuesday he'll give the town the profits from screenings in Japan €” if they end the hunt. Louie Psihoyos, who could face arrest on trespassing charges from making "The Cove," arrived at the Tokyo International Film Festival and said he was prepared to ... (Source)

  13. Gulf Times, Wed, 21 Oct 2009 13:43 PM PDT - Japan dolphin town may sue over The Cove
    A town at the centre of a controversial dolphin slaughtering documentary could sue the film makers, local fisheries officials said yesterday, as it premiered at a Tokyo film festival. (Source)

  14. Japan Today, Wed, 21 Oct 2009 13:28 PM PDT - 'The Cove' gets mixed reaction from Japanese audience
    'The Cove,' a U.S. investigative documentary about dolphin hunting in Wakayama Prefecture, made its debut in Japan on Wednesday, with the movie's director describing... (Source)

  15. Independent, Fri, 23 Oct 2009 16:15 PM PDT - You'll have a whale of a time looking for oceanic entertainment in the water around the Canaries
    When the captain of a whale and dolphin-watching boat based in Tenerife promises a sighting on every outing, it's tempting to raise an eyebrow. How can they be so sure? (Source)

  16. Stuff, Fri, 23 Oct 2009 13:27 PM PDT - Moko takes his tricks to town
    Moko the friendly dolphin is going to great lengths to keep his playmates - leaving a couple of surf ski riders up the river without a paddle. Gisborne man John Allen snapped Moko making off with the paddle yesterday and said he was amazed at the mammal's dexterity. (Source)

  17. First Coast News, Sat, 01 Aug 2009 14:51 PM PDT - Bottlenose Dolphin Euthanized After Being Attacked by Shark
    CLEARWATER, FL -- An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin was euthanized after being attacked by sharks just hours after he was released into the Gulf of Mexico in west Florida. (Source)

  18. KPUA AM 670 Hilo, Sat, 01 Aug 2009 10:29 AM PDT - Baby dolphin born at Sea Life Park
    HONOLULU (AP) - Sea Life Park along Windward Oahu has held a special Hawaiian blessing ceremony for its newest addition. The park said Thursday that Hiiaka, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, gave birth July 6 to a healthy baby girl. (Source)

  19. KYIV Post, Sat, 01 Aug 2009 00:53 AM PDT - Film "The Cove" seeks to expose dolphin killings
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A tense new film shows Japanese fishermen luring thousands of wild dolphins into a hidden secret cove in Japan where activists say they are captured for marine amusement parks or slaughtered for food. (Source)

  20. NPR, Fri, 31 Jul 2009 22:40 PM PDT 'The Cove' - 'Dolphin's Worst Nightmare'
    Director Louie Psihoyos talks about exposing a lucrative dolphin-capture and -slaughter industry in a remote part of Japan - and why he won't be returning to that country anytime soon. (Source)

  21. Press Assoc. via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News, Sun, 02 Aug 2009 18:47 PM PDT - Dolphin 'body language' studied
    Dolphin body language follows human rules of verbal communication, scientists have discovered. (Source)

  22. Cape Cod Times, Sun, 02 Aug 2009 11:03 AM PDT - Movie review: the Cove exposes dolphin slaughter
    The Cove is much more than just a record of that adventure. Like the directors cover story, the movie is a Trojan horse: an exceptionally well-made documentary that unfolds like a spy thriller... (Source)

  23. San Francisco Chronicle, Sun, 02 Aug 2009 03:31 AM PDT - Unlikely 'Cove' duo dives into marine massacre
    Not long into "The Cove," there's a scene where dolphin trainer-turned-activist Ric O'Barry is asked how many times he's been arrested. "This year?" he responds. It's a fitting glimpse into how O'Barry has lived his life since finding acclaim as the trainer... (Source)

  24. The News Journal, Sun, 02 Aug 2009 01:02 AM PDT - Dolphin counters 'enthralled' by numbers
    Early one morning in mid-July, a team of volunteers from Woodland Beach south to Fenwick Island scanned the water looking for fins. (Source)

  25. Seattle Times, Sun, 02 Aug 2009 00:20 AM PDT - 'The Cove' seeks change with graphic view of dolphin slaughter
    Director Louie Psihoyos talks about his film "The Cove," which won the Golden Space Needle award for best documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival. The film is about a cove on the Japanese coast where for generations residents have survived by killing and processing dolphins. It opens Aug. 7 for a regular run. (Source)

  26. Northern Star, Mon, 03 Aug 2009 19:23 PM PDT - Watch a whale underwater | Travel
    OPERATOR Sean Morris couldn't be happier with the first trip of his new venture - a whale and dolphin-watching and eco tour business operating from Brunswick Heads boat harbour. (Source)

  27. WSAV Savannah, Mon, 03 Aug 2009 10:36 AM PDT - Telling Dolphin and Shark Fins Apart
    Can you tell the difference between a dolphin fin and a shark fin? Your life could depend on it! (Source)

  28. Daily Telegraph, Mon, 03 Aug 2009 01:01 AM PDT - Dolphin body language 'follows human verbal communication'
    Dolphin body language follows human rules of verbal communication scientists have discovered. (Source)

  29. Science Daily, Sun, 02 Aug 2009 23:14 PM PDT - Human Language And Dolphin Movement Patterns Show Similarities In Brevity
    Two researchers have shown for the first time that the law of brevity in human language, according to which the most frequently-used words tend to be the shortest, also extends to other animal species. The scientists have shown that dolphins are more likely to make simpler movements at the water surface. (Source)

  30. Naples Daily News, Tue, 04 Aug 2009 17:05 PM PDT - PHOTOS: Dolphin jumps into Marco woman's boat
    Dee Boge, 66, was returning from lunch on Goodland when the dolphin leapt into her 22-foot Hurricane deck boat near the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge. (Source)

  31. Contra Costa Times, Tue, 04 Aug 2009 14:24 PM PDT - Review: 'Cove' delivers disturbing look at dolphin hunt
    "The Cove" is a documentary that mixes advocacy journalism with the suspenseful thrill of a caper. (Source)

  32., Tue, 04 Aug 2009 02:43 AM PDT - Cove a disturbing look at dolphin hunt
    First comes the noise: a systematic banging of metal poles underwater, a wall of sound that frightens the dolphins and sends them scurrying in the opposite direction. (Source)

  33. Courier-Post, Thu, 09 Apr 2009 09:55 AM PDT - Dolphin's deterioration could affect investigation
    Advanced decomposition may make it hard for scientists to determine whether a dead bottlenose dolphin found floating in the Shrewsbury River on Tuesday was part of a group whose presence there last year pitted would-be rescuers against federal wildlife... (Source)

  34. Honolulu Advertiser, Thu, 09 Apr 2009 05:39 AM PDT - Sonar's effect on dolphins minimal
    In a study replicating Navy sonar, the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology found that a captive bottlenose dolphin had to remain relatively close to a high-intensity sonar source for a prolonged period to experience even temporary hearing loss - a finding the Navy seized upon to say it "may have vastly overestimated impacts of mid-frequency active sonar on marine mammals." (Source)

  35. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Thu, 09 Apr 2009 04:47 AM PDT - Loud sonar deafens isle dolphin in study
    University of Hawaii and other scientists are suggesting that sonar used by the military can cause hearing loss in marine mammals, but only when it is extremely loud and close. (Source)

  36. The Sun, Fri, 10 Apr 2009 06:32 AM PDT - Boffin's dolphin translator
    BRITISH scientist claims he is close to understanding dolphins with translator (Source)

  37. FOX 29 Philadelphia, Sun, 12 Apr 2009 19:09 PM PDT - Another Dead Dolphin Found In NJ River
    Another dead bottlenose dolphin has been found at the Jersey Shore. (Source)

  38. Perth Now, Sun, 12 Apr 2009 18:36 PM PDT - Spitting dolphin 'incredibly unusual'
    A RARE and recently discovered species of Australian dolphin catches its prey by spitting at it. (Source)

  39. The Star-Ledger, Sun, 12 Apr 2009 18:02 PM PDT - Another dead dolphin found in N.J. river
    The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine confirmed today the mammal's carcass was found Saturday night in the Navesink River, near Victory Park in Rumson. It was badly decomposed, meaning it probably died months ago. The discovery comes less than... (Source)

  40. WCBS 880 New York, Sun, 12 Apr 2009 17:40 PM PDT - Another Dead Dolphin Found in New Jersey River
    Another dead bottlenose dolphin has been found at the Jersey Shore. (Source)

  41. Science Daily, Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:26 PM PST - Songs From The Sea: Deciphering Dolphin Language With Picture Words
    In an important breakthrough in deciphering dolphin language, researchers in Great Britain and the United States have imaged the first high definition imprints that dolphin sounds make in water. (Source)

  42. KIII Corpus Christi, Tue, 30 Dec 2008 7:30 PM PST - Dead Dolphin Washes Up on Local Beach
    Marine biologist are trying to figure out what killed a dolphin discovered on Padre Island Tuesday afternoon. The dolphin washed ashore just south of Bob Hall Pier near Beach Marker 244. (Source)

  43. The New Zealand Herald, Wed, 31 Dec 2008 7:35 AM PST - Dolphin, whale playground found near East Timor
    Thousands of dolphins and whales have been sighted in the deep waters off East Timor, with scientists hoping the migratory corridor will jumpstart tourism in the tiny country. (Source)

  44. Perth Now, Tue, 30 Dec 2008 7:00 PM PST - Whale, dolphin hotspot found
    THOUSANDS of dolphins and whales have been sighted in deep waters off East Timor, a discovery which could jump-start the tiny country's tourism sector. (Source)

  45. AAP via Yahoo!7 News, Tue, 30 Dec 2008 6:51 PM PST - Whale, dolphin hot spot near East Timor
    Thousands of dolphins and whales have been sighted in waters off East Timor, with scientists hoping the migratory corridor will boost the country's tourism. (Source)

  46. The West Australian, Tue, 30 Dec 2008 7:04 PM PST - Scientists find whale, dolphin hot spot off East Timor
    Thousands of dolphins and whales have been sighted in the deep waters off East Timor, with scientists hoping the migratory corridor will jump-start the tiny country’s tourism sector. The Australian I (Source)

  47. Hindustan Times, Thu, 01 Jan 2009 9:14 PM PST - Dolphin rescues stranded whales: conservation official
    A dolphin guided two stranded whales to safety after human attempts to keep the animals off a New Zealand beach failed, a conservation official said on Wednesday. (Source)

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