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New study on brain size and cultural behaviour in whales and dolphins

Authors of a new scientific paper published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution have put forward the theory that there is a link between brain size and social and cultural behaviour in whales and dolphins.  The researchers looked at 90 different species of whales and dolphins and suggest the bigger their brains, the more complex their lives can be.

First blue whale sighting in Pakistan

Researchers in Pakistan have recorded video footage of what is believed to be the first confirmed sighting of a blue whale mother and her calf off the coast of Pakistan. While bones of blue whales had been found in the country, a live whale had never previously been seen.

The sighting by a skipper with WWF-Pakistan, was made off Churna Island in Balochistan.

Blue whales are the largest creature ever to have lived on Earth and their numbers were severely reduced by years of commercial whaling during the last century.

International scientific congress talks whale poo

Whale poo and its contribution to marine productivity and climate change mitigation will be part of the agenda of the 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology, which opened July 23 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Scientists will consider how a range of eco-friendly services provided by whales could underpin conservation decisions made by large organisastions that determine the future of the planet.

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