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Large number of dolphins moved to Abu Dhabi marine park

Up to 24 captive bottlenose dolphins have reportedly been sent to a new SeaWorld theme...
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Success! Removal of last river dams to help threatened orcas in the US

Great news has emerged from the US concerning our work to protect the endangered orca...

More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...
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Las Vegas dolphin facility to close

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas is to permanently close....

False killer whales latest species to show evidence of menopause

New research has discovered a third species of toothed whale in which the female members appear to go through a similar condition to the menopause in women, and then survive for many years long after they are no longer able to reproduce.

Known as the “postreproductive lifespan” (PRLS), this condition is found in very few species apart from humans. Evidence has already been found in orcas and short-finned pilot whales, now it has also been identified in false killer whales. All three species share certain similar characteristics in their life history, including strong bonds between mothers and their offspring, lasting through adulthood, which enables them to pass on skills and knowledge to the next generation.

Full report:
Evidence for a postreproductive phase in female false killer whales Pseudorca crassidens
Theoni Photopoulou, Ines M. Ferreira, Peter B. Best, Toshio Kasuya and Helene Marsh
Frontiers in Zoology – Published: 21 June 2017

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