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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.


2006 News Reports

  1. First Coast News, Fri, 08 Sep 2006 9:51 AM PDT - Injured Dolphin to Get Artificial Tail
    CLEARWATER, FL -- In her pool at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Winter, a ten month old Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin is better. Last December, marine biologists found her tangled in a crab trap line near Cape Canaveral that resulted in the loss of her entire tail and almost took her life. (Source)

  2. Florida Today, Fri, 08 Sep 2006 3:27 AM PDT - Injured dolphin in need of tail
    A young female dolphin found injured last year in Canaveral National Seashore awaits costly surgery to replace the tail she lost when she became entangled in a crab trap line. (Source)

  3. Scoop.co.nz, Sat, 09 Sep 2006 7:27 PM PDT - Japan Dolphin Day 2006
    Let's abolish the annual dolphin slaughter! Every year from October through April fishermen in some remote Japanese villages eradicate about 20,000 dolphins and porpoises in the most brutal way imaginable. This is the largest massacre of cetacean anywhere in the world. (Source)

  4. Daily Record, Sat, 09 Sep 2006 0:48 AM PDT - ONLY A WINTER'S TAIL
    A baby dolphin named Winter is to get an artificial tail after getting entangled in a crab net. The 10-month-old was found badly injured off Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Source)

  5. Bradenton Herald, Sun, 10 Sep 2006 0:10 AM PDT - WEDU to air local dolphin rescue
    For centuries, humans have been fascinated with dolphins - not only for their beauty and spirit, but for their unique intelligence. "Dolphin Rescue," debuting on WEDU-Channel 3 at 8 p.m. Sept. 12 follows the rescue of Atlantic bottlenose "Val" mired in Old Tampa Bay's mud flats, and the rehabilitation of a deep-water Risso's, rarely seen by human eyes. Meet some special animal lovers who have (Source)

  6. KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul, Tue, 12 Sep 2006 5:10 PM PDT - Dolphin with scoliosis recovering well from respiratory infection
    Zoo vets, trainers and officials were encouraged by the attitude and performance of a very special dolphin. Ayla, a 14-year-old dolphin with (Source)

  7. U.S. Newswire via Yahoo! News, Tue, 12 Sep 2006 5:03 AM PDT - WDCS Condemns the Beginning of the Dolphin Slaughters in Taiji, Japan
    Today, WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, renewed its call for an end to the cruel slaughter of dolphins in the annual dolphin hunts that occur in Taiji, Japan. Normally commencing on Oct. 1, the hunts started a month early with the round-up of approximately 25 bottlenose dolphins in Taiji on Sept. 6. Six of these animals were sold to the Taiji Whale Museum. Last year, the museum (Source)

  8. San Francisco Chronicle, Tue, 12 Sep 2006 3:55 AM PDT - SAN FRANCISCO / Hear a real story about an artificial tail / Japanese sculptor to speak in San Francisco of labor of
    Coming to San Francisco from Japan tonight is a touching tale about a tail. A bottlenose dolphin named Fuji caught a mysterious disease that cost her 75 percent of her tailfin, a tragedy akin to a boat losing most of its propeller. The Okinawa... (Source)

  9. The Scotsman, Fri, 02 Jun 2006 5:40 PM PDT - Dolphin therapy helps a little boy to speak
    A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy who lived in silence because he was born with part of his brain missing has spoken his first words, after dolphins helped him learn to talk. (Source)

  10. RedNova, Sat, 03 Jun 2006 9:15 AM PDT - Dolphins Vanishing in Nepal Due to Pollution: Study
    Dolphins vanishing in Nepal due to pollution: study KATHMANDU, June 3 (Xinhua) -- The endangered species of dolphin is fast vanishing from Nepali rivers due to increased pollution, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) disclosed in a study on Saturday. (Source)

  11. ABC via Yahoo!7 News, Mon, 05 Jun 2006 5:14 PM PDT - Concerns raised over dolphin death increase
    The South Australian Museum is concerned that an increasing number of dolphins are washing up on South Australian beaches with a particular parasite in their bodies. (Source)

  12. Cyber Diver News Network, Wed, 07 Jun 2006 7:00 PM PDT - 'Flipper' trainer blasts Marineland dolphin park promoters
    NAPIER, New Zealand (7 June 2006) -- In a letter sent to CDNN and the New Zealand Herald, former dolphin trainer turned anti-dolphin slave trade activist Richard O'Barry blasted New Zealand officials who want to capture more dolphins for the Napier Marineland amusement park. (Source)

  13. ITV.com, Mon, 20 Mar 2006 7:02 AM PST - Pinger row
    There are dire warnings for the Westcountry's dolphin and porpoise populations tonight - as the government admits it's unable to implement European laws aimed at saving them. (Source)

  14. NBC 6 Miami, Thu, 05 Jan 2006 12:53 PM PST - Dolphins Displaced By Katrina Moving To Bahamas
    A group of dolphins displaced by Hurricane Katrina will soon be getting a permanent home in the Bahamas. (Source)

  15. ABC Action News, Fri, 06 Jan 2006 2:56 PM PST - Tail-less dolphin recovering at Clearwater Marine Aquarium
    CLEARWATER - An injured 3-month-old dolphin is recovering at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. 'Winter' was found entangled in a blue crab trap near Cape Canaveral. She had deep wounds on both sides of her mouth, under both pectoral fins, and her tail. (Source)

  16. 40/29 KHBS/KHOG, Fri, 06 Jan 2006 12:57 PM PST - Dolphins Displaced By Katrina Find New Home
    GULFPORT, Miss. -- Sixteen dolphin evacuees from Hurricane Katrina are on their way to their new home in a luxury resort in the Bahamas. The dolphins used to live at a marine park in Gulfport. Eight were moved to hotel pools ahead of the storm. (Source)

  17. Miami Herald, Fri, 06 Jan 2006 0:16 AM PST - Seaquarium wants more swimming
    Short on rent, the Miami Seaquarium wants to open its dolphin tanks to more people. The 50-year-old marine park fell nearly $2 million behind in its lease payments this year as it struggled to finance badly needed repairs. Now the Seaquarium has begun construction on a new pool designed to dramatically increase its swim sessions with dolphins. (Source)

  18. Tampa Bay's 10, Sat, 07 Jan 2006 1:03 PM PST - Clearwater facility looks for prosthetic dolphin tail
    CLEARWATER, Florida (AP) -- Clearwater Marine Aquarium is looking to heal an injured dolphin by obtaining an artificial tail for it. Rescuers found a three-month-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin after it became stuck in a blue crab trap. (Source)

  19. WGAL 8, Sat, 07 Jan 2006 12:22 PM PST - Dolphin Needs Prosthetic Tail, Aquarium Says
    An injured dolphin may be getting a new tail -- if the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida can find someone to make one. (Source)

  20. NBC 11 Bay Area, Sat, 07 Jan 2006 12:11 PM PST - Dolphin Needs Prosthetic Tail, Aquarium Says
    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- An injured dolphin may be getting a new tail -- if the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida can find someone to make one. Rescuers found the 3-month-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin last month after it became stuck in a blue crab trap. (Source)

  21. KRIS-TV Corpus Christi, Sat, 07 Jan 2006 11:18 AM PST - Aquarium looks for prosthetic tail
    CLEARWATER, Fla. An injured dolphin may be getting a new tail. That's if the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida can find someone to make one. Rescuers found the... (Source)

  22. WSB-TV 2 Atlanta, Sun, 08 Jan 2006 5:35 AM PST - Aquarium Wants Prosthetic Tail For Dolphin
    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- An injured dolphin may be getting a new tail -- if the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida can find someone to make one. Rescuers found the 3-month-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin last month after it became stuck in a blue crab trap. (Source)

  23. Independent Online, Mon, 02 Jan 2006 3:42 AM PST - Dolphin conceived from frozen sperm dies
    Keepers at an aquarium outside Tokyo are "overcome with grief" at the death of Will, a bottlenose dolphin conceived by artificial insemination. (Source)

  24. Independent Online, Mon, 02 Jan 2006 3:20 AM PST - Artificially inseminated dolphin dies
    Japan's first dolphin conceived from frozen sperm has died at an aquarium outside Tokyo, keepers have said. (Source)


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