Bahamas dolphin brings back drowned cellphone to dancer

This video says about itself:

Flipping Incredible! Moment [common bottlenose] Dolphin Retrieves Mobile Phone – Helpful Dolphin Retrieves Woman’s Phone

28 September 2015

The only thing worse than dropping your phone is dropping your phone into the goddamn ocean, where it’s guaranteed to disappear forever — unless there’s a helpful dolphin around to retrieve it for you.

That’s what happened to Miami Heat cheerleader Teressa Cee when she went swimming with dolphins near Blue Lagoon Island in the Bahamas, and a helpful cetacean named Cacique lent her a flipper.

Cacique is a trained animal cared for by Dolphin Encounters, who was rewarded for his good deed with a selfie with Cee and her fellow dancers.

Cee’s video of the phone rescue has been watched more than 1.5 million times on Facebook.

See also here.

Spinner dolphin of Hawaii, videos

This video says about itself:

Wild Dolphin Triple Barrel Rolls

17 August 2015

Best honeymoon we could have asked for! Wife (filming) and I hit up a dolphin snorkel tour in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Most of the dolphins swam alongside us in groups. This one though…

And here is the second video in this series.

Wild Dolphin Close-up

17 August 2015

Spinner dolphin zips by just before (and after) launching out of the water. You’ll spot a remora attached to it.

Taking a deep dive into Hawaii’s deep-sea ecosystems.

Dolphin survey off Wales, video

This video from Wales about a bottlenose dolphin survey says about itself:

20 May 2015

First Sea Watch Foundation survey of the 2015 summer season in the Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau Special Area of Conservation. Starring adoptable Dolphin Flint!

Adopt Flint now and help support the vital conservation work of the Sea Watch Foundation!

White-beaked dolphin news from Britain

This video is about white-beaked dolphins near a ship in the North Sea.

From the Sea Watch Foundation in Britain:

White-beaked dolphins … EVERYWHERE!

July 29, 2015

by Megan Evans

It has come to our attention here at the Sea Watch Foundation that white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) have a been a common feature on our coastlines recently!

White-beaked dolphins are short-beaked oceanic dolphins found within the family Delphinidae (also the family of the well known bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus). These dolphins get their name from their short beak, which has a distinguishable white tip; although this may not always be the case, making identifying these dolphins a fairly difficult task! However all is not lost, as unlike their very similar looking cousins the Atlantic white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus acutus) they have a white saddle patch found behind a very distinctively hooked dorsal fin, white stripes, and are slightly larger at 3.1m in length.

Although white-beaked dolphins can be seen around the UK, as they inhabit North Atlantic temperate to subpolar waters, they are more regularly spotted offshore in the Southern North Sea. However, from April this year we at Sea Watch have received a number of unusual and exciting sightings from coastal areas spanning from Devon on the South coast all the way to Caithness at the top of Scotland (see table 1)! These sightings also included an unusual sighting near Southwold in Suffolk (see our previous blog).

Table 1. Sighting location, number of white-beaked dolphins spotted, and the observer

Sighting location, number of white-beaked dolphins spotted, and the observer

Along with letting us know about their encounters, a number of observers also provided us with some fantastic photographs; incredibly useful pieces of information when it comes to verifying any of the sightings we receive.

Dolphins’ brains, new study

This video from Scotland is called Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust: cetacean biology.

From Whale and Dolphin Conservation in Britain:

Dolphin brains are more complex than initially thought

9 July 2015 – 1:05pm

Hearing and seeing are largely thought to be two seperate senses. Dolphins however also use sound to see, a technique known as echolocation where an individual dolphin sends out an acoustic signal (clicks etc.) and whatever it hits, or bounces off of sends back to the dolphin where it can then “see” what it is. New evidence from the study of two dolphin brains – acquired from animals who stranded over a decade ago – shows that this process is even more complex than was originally thought.

In most mammalian species there is one area in the brain associated with hearing and one with vision. in dolphins however, by using a new technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI),  researchers have found that the processing of sound takes place in more than just one area as the auditory nerve connects to not only the temporal lobe – the area of the brain in most mammalian species where hearing is processed – but also to another area in the brain known as the primary visual region.

This has led the authors to hypothesise that unlike the human brain for example, dolphins hear sound in more than just one place, likely because they use it for more than just hearing. Sound is the most important sense that dolphins have and they use it for not only exploring their environment but for communication, navigation and foraging.

Lead author Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University, is excited by the similarities they found between the brain of dolphins and bats, also known to be experts at the use of echolocation, because although bats and dolphins are completely unrelated this research shows that they may have evolved similar mechanisms for using sound not just to hear, but to also create mental images. Berns considers that for the first time, we may be on the road to beginning to “really understand how the dolphins (and other animals) mind works and how they create perceptual experiences from their environment”.

Bottlenose dolphins near England, videos

This video from England says about itself:

Bottlenose Dolphins 20 06 2015 (Farne Islands)

On the morning 20/06/2015 I left the harbour in my boat in search of Bottlenose Dolphins and I had over half an hour with these wonderful creatures.

This 27 June 2015 video from England is called 3 minutes of pure bliss. Bow Riding Bottlenose Dolphins (Farne Islands).

See also here.

Kayakers rescue trapped young dolphin, video

This video from Scotland says about itself:

30 June 2015

Three juvenile dolphins in Northbay on the Isle of Barra. One of the dolphins was completely trapped in seaweed and shallow water. After a successful rescue the dolphin joined the other two for a fine display of thanks! Rescue was performed by a group from Clearwater Paddling.

See also here.