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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.


2007 News Reports

  1. National Geographic, Tue, 04 Sep 2007 7:29 AM PDT - "Extinct" River Dolphin Spotted in China
    A video of a baiji dolphin, which was declared "functionally extinct" just months ago, is prompting a "mission impossible" plan to gather up the last of the rare animals. (Source)

  2. AsiaMedia, Tue, 04 Sep 2007 11:05 AM PDT - JAPAN: Media ignoring mercury-tainted dolphin meat: assemblyman
    The Japanese media's lack of condemnation is the principal reason mercury-tainted dolphin meat continues to be consumed, including in school lunches, a local assembly member from Wakayama Prefecture said Monday. (Source)

  3. AAP via Yahoo!7 News, Wed, 05 Sep 2007 5:10 PM PDT - Tests over mystery of dead dolphin
    A post-mortem examination will be conducted on Thursday on a bottlenose dolphin found on the shore at North Haven, in Adelaide's north-western suburbs. (Source)

  4. AAP via Yahoo!7 News, Wed, 05 Sep 2007 5:10 PM PDT - Tests over mystery of dead dolphin
    A post-mortem examination will be conducted on Thursday on a bottlenose dolphin found on the shore at North Haven, in Adelaide's north-western suburbs. (Source)

  5. Guardian Unlimited, Wed, 05 Sep 2007 4:51 AM PDT - Japanese schoolchildren fed toxic dolphin meat
    Schoolchildren in Taiji served dolphin meat containing dangerous levels of mercury. (Source)

  6. Eastbourne Today, Wed, 05 Sep 2007 5:48 AM PDT - Popular dolphin appears at Sovereign Harbour
    A DOLPHIN came in to the lock at Eastbourne's Sovereign Harbour after following a vessel in from the sea but experts warn 'Georges' is not very friendly. (05/09/2007 12:53:16) (Source)

  7. Bexhill Today, Wed, 05 Sep 2007 4:42 AM PDT - George the Dolphin
    A DOLPHIN came in to the lock at Eastbourne's Soveriegn Harbour after following a vessel at sea - but experts warn 'Georges' is not very friendly. (05/09/2007 12:20:13) (Source)

  8. Bangkok Post, Thu, 06 Sep 2007 12:10 PM PDT - Fishing for giant catfish in lake threatens rare Irrawaddy dolphin
    Rampant fishing of giant catfish in Songkhla Lake has become a major threat to the survival of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, many of which have been killed, according to marine experts. (Source)

  9. Bangkok Post, Thu, 06 Sep 2007 12:10 PM PDT - Fishing for giant catfish in lake threatens rare Irrawaddy dolphin
    Rampant fishing of giant catfish in Songkhla Lake has become a major threat to the survival of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, many of which have been killed, according to marine experts. (Source)

  10. Adelaide Now, Thu, 06 Sep 2007 7:26 AM PDT - Infection killed dolphin
    A POST-MORTEM examination on a baby bottlenose dolphin has concluded the animal died from an infection. (Source)

  11. Adelaide Now, Wed, 05 Sep 2007 9:24 PM PDT - Post-mortem on dolphin
    A POST-MORTEM examination will be conducted today on a bottlenose dolphin found on the shore at North Haven, in Adelaide's north-western suburbs. (Source)

  12. The Scotsman, Thu, 06 Sep 2007 5:23 AM PDT - Dolphin dream for boy to come true
    A MOTHER'S dying wish for her severely disabled son to swim with dolphins is set to come true thanks to a local fundraising campaign. (Source)

  13. Addict 3D, Fri, 07 Sep 2007 4:47 PM PDT - China reports sighting of extinct dolphin
    A Chinese man has videotaped a large white animal swimming in the Yangtze river, which experts say is a dolphin species unique to China and feared extinct, the official Xinhua agency reported on Wednesday. (Source)

  14. Addict 3D, Fri, 07 Sep 2007 4:47 PM PDT - China reports sighting of extinct dolphin
    A Chinese man has videotaped a large white animal swimming in the Yangtze river, which experts say is a dolphin species unique to China and feared extinct, the official Xinhua agency reported on Wednesday. (Source)

  15. The Guardian, Thu, 06 Sep 2007 8:41 PM PDT - Vet College to conduct post-mortem on dolphin: Victoria-By-The-Sea resident first spotted animal stranded on beach ...
    VICTORIA-BY-THE-SEA A dolphin which beached and died this week near Victoria-By-The-Sea is being taken to the Atlantic Veterinary College for a post-mortem. (Source)

  16. WCBS 880 New York, Fri, 07 Sep 2007 3:18 AM PDT - New Dolphin Sightings on Long Island
    Three dolphins are in a shallow East Hampton creek where a dozen dolphins died earlier this year. (Source)

  17. Eastbourne Today, Fri, 07 Sep 2007 0:33 AM PDT - 'Highly unusual' Georges makes splash at harbour
    A dolphin came into the lock at Sovereign Harbour after following a vessel at sea but experts warn 'Georges' is not very friendly. (Source)

  18. Daily Record, Fri, 07 Sep 2007 9:29 PM PDT - ONE OF THOSE FINS
    IT'S enough to make a rower think he's Flippered his lid. This sportsman was enjoying a peaceful day on the river Lymington in Hampshire when he looked down and spotted a fin in the water as a dolphin joined him for a swim. (Source)

  19. Bexhill Today, Mon, 10 Sep 2007 0:56 AM PDT - Georges, the slapping dolphin, sighted off Glyne Gap
    A DOLPHIN came in to the lock at Eastbourne's Soveriegn Harbour after following a vessel at sea - but experts warn 'Georges' is not very friendly. (Source)

  20. CBC, Wed, 23 May 2007 9:35 AM PDT - Dolphin at Vancouver Aquarium miscarries again
    A dolphin's miscarriage at the Vancouver Aquarium has renewed complaints from activists who oppose keeping marine mammals in captivity. (Source)

  21. CBC, Wed, 23 May 2007 9:35 AM PDT - Dolphin at Vancouver Aquarium miscarries again
    A dolphin's miscarriage at the Vancouver Aquarium has renewed complaints from activists who oppose keeping marine mammals in captivity. (Source)

  22. Vancouver Province, Wed, 23 May 2007 9:26 AM PDT - Vancouver Aquarium dolphin has a second miscarriage
    VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Aquarium's Hana the dolphin has had a miscarriage for the second time in two years. Staff at the aquarium say they're shaken by the sudden turn of events after what appeared to be a healthy pregnancy. (Source)

  23. Herald Sun, Fri, 25 May 2007 7:00 AM PDT - Dolphin dialect found
    DOLPHINS living off the coast of Wales whistle, bark and groan in a different dialect from dolphins off the western coast of Ireland. (Source)

  24. The Nassau Guardian, Tue, 29 May 2007 9:36 AM PDT - Atlantis names dolphin calves
    It's official. "Missi" and "Runner" are the names of the newest members of Dolphin Cay, the new dolphin interaction and education center at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Born in April, the dolphin calves are the first offspring from the famed rescued "Katrina Dolphins." (Source)

  25. Sun-Sentinel, Tue, 27 Mar 2007 1:57 PM PDT - Injured baby dolphin eludes rescuers for 2 days in downtown Jacksonville
    After two days of trying, marine biologists were able to capture an injured baby dolphin Tuesday. (Source)

  26. Sun-Sentinel, Tue, 27 Mar 2007 1:57 PM PDT - Injured baby dolphin eludes rescuers for 2 days in downtown Jacksonville
    After two days of trying, marine biologists were able to capture an injured baby dolphin Tuesday. (Source)

  27. Florida Today, Tue, 27 Mar 2007 2:35 PM PDT - Dolphin eludes rescuers for two days
    in downtown Jacksonville. (Source)

  28. FOX 10 Mobile, Tue, 27 Mar 2007 2:23 PM PDT - Dolphin eludes rescuers for 2 days in downtown Jacksonville
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Marine biologists captured an injured baby dolphin today after two days of trying. The fellow mammal eluded rescuers from several agencies,... (Source)

  29. The Daily Comet, Tue, 27 Mar 2007 1:43 PM PDT - Dolphin eludes rescuers for 2 days in downtown Jacksonville
    After two days of trying, marine biologists were able to capture an injured baby dolphin Tuesday. The young dolphin eluded rescuers from several agencies, swimming under nets they erected in the St. Johns River. (Source)

  30. First Coast News, Tue, 27 Mar 2007 12:16 PM PDT - Baby Dolphin Rescued From St. Johns
    JACKSONVILLE, FL -- After two full days of cruising along the St. Johns River near downtown, a team from the Floridea Fish & Wildlife and marine biologists successfully captured an injured baby dolphin. (Source)

  31. Reuters via Yahoo! News, Tue, 27 Mar 2007 4:32 PM PDT - Survey raises hope for India's Irrawaddy dolphins
    Hope is rising the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin can be saved in India after a survey showed more of the animals than before in a vast, brackish lagoon in the east of the country. (Source)

  32. Chicago Tribune, Tue, 27 Mar 2007 4:42 AM PDT - Sea mammal deaths sound alarm Experts investigate new dolphin die-offs
    In the summer of 2005 marine animals suddenly started dying off Florida's southwest coast, with scores of bottlenose dolphins, manatees and turtles washing up on shore. In October alone, 22 dolphins became stranded and died, compared with the usual monthly average of three. (Source)

  33. AlertNet, Tue, 27 Mar 2007 4:20 PM PDT - FEATURE-Survey raises hope for India's Irrawaddy dolphins
    Source: Reuters By Simon Denyer CHILIKA LAGOON, India, March 28 (Reuters) - Hope is rising the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin can be saved in India after a survey showed more of the animals than before in a... (Source)

  34. USA Today, Wed, 28 Mar 2007 10:05 AM PDT - Critics target Navy dolphin defense plan
    Critics of a Navy plan to use dolphins and sea lions to guard waters off the coast of a major submarine base say the ocean is too cold for the plan to work. (Source)

  35. USA Today, Wed, 28 Mar 2007 10:05 AM PDT - Critics target Navy dolphin defense plan
    Critics of a Navy plan to use dolphins and sea lions to guard waters off the coast of a major submarine base say the ocean is too cold for the plan to work. (Source)

  36. The Star Online, Tue, 27 Mar 2007 8:31 PM PDT - Promote dolphin sightings
    DOLPHIN sightings can be promoted as another Penang tourism attraction. (Source)

  37. Environmental News Network, Wed, 28 Mar 2007 6:41 AM PDT - Survey Raises Hope for India's Irrawaddy Dolphins
    Hope is rising the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin can be saved in India after a survey showed more of the animals than before in a vast, brackish lagoon in the east of the country. (Source)

  38. The Herald News, Wed, 28 Mar 2007 2:31 AM PDT - Couple saves porpoise
    Mark and Deb Hagler were enjoying a nice stroll along the Outer Banks of North Carolina a few weeks ago when Deb pointed out something had washed up onto the beach. When the Morris couple got closer, they found what appeared to be a beached baby dolphin. Later, they learned the creature was actually a small porpoise. While Deb Hagler stayed with the animal, Mark Hagler ran back to the hotel to... (Source)

  39. Newstalk via Yahoo!Xtra News, Thu, 29 Mar 2007 4:01 PM PDT - DOC appalled at reports of mutilated dolphin
    Department of Conservation staff are outraged at reports of a mutilated Hector's dolphin found in Port Levy on Banks Peninsula. (Source)

  40. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Thu, 29 Mar 2007 0:09 AM PDT - Navy airs dolphin patrol plan
    Critics, supporters and the curious came out Wednesday night to hear about a proposal to use trained dolphins and sea lions to protect the nuclear submarine base in Bangor. (Source)

  41. Seattle Times, Thu, 29 Mar 2007 0:25 AM PDT - Opponents have say on Navy's dolphin patrol plan
    The Navy held a public meeting Wednesday evening to offer information and solicit feedback about a plan to use trained sea lions and dolphins... (Source)

  42. Manxnet, Fri, 30 Mar 2007 6:52 AM PDT - Tourism Support to Boost Marketing of Whale Watching Holidays
    The Department of Tourism and Leisure is working closely with the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch society to facilitate a new marketing initiative. In 2006, 1700 whales and dolphins were sighted around the Island and were recorded on the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch website. (Source)

  43. Houston Chronicle, Fri, 30 Mar 2007 10:50 PM PDT - Mysterious dolphin death upsurge ceases
    A sudden increase this month in bottlenose-dolphin deaths that led to a rare federal declaration of an "unusual mortality event" appears to have ended as mysteriously as it began, officials said Friday. "It seems that it's over, at least for the moment," said Brandon Bassett, lab coordinator for the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. (Source)

  44. Houston Chronicle, Fri, 30 Mar 2007 10:50 PM PDT - Mysterious dolphin death upsurge ceases
    A sudden increase this month in bottlenose-dolphin deaths that led to a rare federal declaration of an "unusual mortality event" appears to have ended as mysteriously as it began, officials said Friday. "It seems that it's over, at least for the moment," said Brandon Bassett, lab coordinator for the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. (Source)

  45. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sun, 31 Dec 2006 0:02 AM PST - Freshwater dolphin is extinct
    After a fruitless six-week expedition up and down the Yangtze River, a six-nation team of scientists has concluded that the baiji, a freshwater dolphin that was one of the world's oldest species, is almost certainly extinct. (Source)

  46. WBZ.com, Tue, 02 Jan 2007 3:55 PM PST - Dolphin Strandings on Cape Cod Beaches
    Boston (WBZ Newsroom) -- More than a dozen dolphin strandings have been reported along Cape Cod beaches in recent days. Since last Friday, 14 dolphins have been found along beaches from Barnstable to Eastham. (Source)

  47. CBS 4 Boston, Tue, 02 Jan 2007 11:30 AM PST - Dolphin Strandings Continue On Cape Beaches
    Fourteen dolphins have washed ashore on Cape Cod Bay over the past few days. Rescue crews were able to push eight dolphins back into the water. (Source)

  48. News Interactive, Wed, 03 Jan 2007 3:20 PM PST - Injured dolphin released
    A BOTTLENOSE dolphin injured when it was caught in shark nets last year will be released back into the wild today after recuperating at the Gold Coast's Sea World marine park. (Source)

  49. ABC via Yahoo!7 News, Wed, 03 Jan 2007 3:47 PM PST - Kingy the dolphin to be released
    A male dolphin caught in shark nets at Kings Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast last year will be released back into the wild this morning. (Source)

  50. AAP via Yahoo!7 News, Wed, 03 Jan 2007 2:59 PM PST - Kingy the dolphin to be released
    A bottlenose dolphin caught in shark nets last year and sent into rehab at the Gold Coast's Sea World marine park, is set to be released. (Source)

  51. The Daily Comet, Wed, 03 Jan 2007 8:55 AM PST - Orange Beach charter boat captain accused of shooting dolphin
    An Orange Beach charter boat captain has been accused of shooting a dolphin that was trailing behind his fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. attorney's office in Mobile charged Don G. Walker, 50, with unlawfully taking a marine mammal for allegedly shooting the dolphin on June 10. (Source)

  52. WSFA Montgomery, Wed, 03 Jan 2007 5:33 PM PST - Orange Beach Charter Boat Captain Accused of Shooting Dolphin
    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- An Orange Beach charter boat captain has been accused of shooting a dolphin that was trailing behind his fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. (Source)

  53. FOX 10 Mobile, Wed, 03 Jan 2007 9:10 AM PST - Orange Beach charter boat captain accused of shooting dolphin
    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. An Orange Beach charter boat captain has been accused of shooting a dolphin that was trailing behind his fishing vessel in the Gulf of... (Source)

  54. Stuff, Thu, 04 Jan 2007 1:21 PM PST - Dolphin hit victim on the mend
    The family of the woman struck by a 300kg bottlenose dolphin on Boxing Day have put out a statement clarifying the events of the day, thanking those who helped, and updating their daughter's condition. (Source)

  55. ABC via Yahoo!7 News, Thu, 04 Jan 2007 2:35 AM PST - Kingy the dolphin begins journey home
    A severely injured dolphin rescued off Queensland's Sunshine Coast has been returned to the ocean to be reunited with its pod. (Source)

  56. Montgomery Advertiser, Thu, 04 Jan 2007 2:09 AM PST - Captain charged in dolphin shooting
    An Orange Beach charter boat captain has been accused of shooting a dolphin that was trailing behind his fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. (Source)


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