Striped dolphins stranded on Ameland island

Beached striped dolphin on Ameland, photo by Natuurcentrum Ameland/Johan Krol

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands, 20 January 2016:

Striped dolphins washed up on Ameland

On Ameland yesterday two striped dolphins washed ashore. Hikers saw the animals lying around 23:00. They were already dead. They are females, a mother and a daughter.

Striped dolphins are rarely observed in the North Sea. Usually they remain in warmer waters. To our knowledge nine times previously striped dolphins beached on the Dutch coast, says biologist Johan Krol of the Ameland Nature Centre.

The animals were today moved to Utrecht University. There, they are examined to find out why they died.

Omrop Fryslân reports that the mother was about two meter long, her daughter one meter. After Utrecht University, they will go to Naturalis museum in Leiden, where they will be cleaned. Then, they will return to Ameland, where the Ameland Nature Centre will exhibit their skeletons.

Unique Hawaiian dolphin videos

This video says about itself:

9 December 2015

You think you know dolphins. We’re about to show you something you’ve never seen before. We guarantee it.

Wild Pantropical Spotted Dolphins, filmed in Hawai’i with unprecedented behavior.

And here is the sequel to that video.

That video says about itself:

Unbelievable Dolphin Encounter – Behind the Scenes

9 December 2015

Here you get the back story about our dolphin video and what went into creating this footage.

Please share with family and friends!! For more information, check out our website at!

Bottlenose dolphin near Dutch Ameland island

This video shows a bottlenose dolphin in the North Sea, north of Dutch Ameland island.

For over an hour on 21 October 2015, the animal swam along with shrimp fishing boat GRE34.

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.