ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A study of whales and dolphins that have washed up dead in Greece over a 20-year period has found alarmingly high levels of plastic trash — mostly bags — in the animals'...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least 279 dolphins have stranded across much of the U.S. Gulf Coast since Feb. 1, triple the usual number, and about 98 percent of them have died, scientists from the...
CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A heart-wrenching Florida video has captured a mother dolphin grieving over the death of her baby calf and trying to carry it above the water.
KEAUHOU, Hawaii (AP) — Federal officials are in the final review stages of rules that would ban swimming with Hawaiian spinner dolphins, officials said.
BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) — Marine mammal experts have euthanized a bottlenose dolphin that became stranded in a Rhode Island salt marsh.
The dolphin was spotted by residents of Smith Cove in...
Biologists find trash in belly of stranded baby dolphin
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A rare deep-water dolphin stranded on a Florida beach and later euthanized had a stomach full of trash.
Biologists said they found two plastic bags and a...
Stranded dolphin euthanized on Florida beach
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rescuers worked for hours to save a rare deep-water dolphin stranded on a Florida beach, but the animal was eventually euthanized.
Dolphin, sea turtle deaths on Gulf Coast prompts probe
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Officials are investigating a rash of deaths among dolphins and sea turtles on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
WLOX-TV reports nearly 40 dead dolphins and sea turtles...
BOSTON (AP) — A stranded adult white-sided dolphin has been successfully pushed back into Boston Harbor after spending the night in shallow water with another dolphin that died.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Aegean Sea has seen a "very unusual" spike in dolphin deaths over the past few weeks, a Greek marine conservation group said Monday.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — There were 350 dolphins off the coast of South Carolina in 2008, and it's unclear how many remain in the face of increasing human activity, crab pot entanglement and other...
PARIS (AP) — The dolphins' bodies were horribly mutilated, the fins cut off.
But what shocked French marine researchers wasn't just the brutality of the deaths of these highly intelligent...
Florida theme parks debuting new attractions this week
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Some Florida theme parks will be debuting new attractions this week.
SeaWorld Orlando on Wednesday is opening a Sesame Street land, while down the interstate, Legoland...
Dolphin strandings increase along Southern California coast
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Experts were working Tuesday to determine the cause of an increase in dolphin strandings along the Southern California coast.
4 dolphins moved from Arizona facility to Caribbean park
MIAMI (AP) — Four remaining dolphins at an Arizona facility where four other dolphins have died have moved into a new home in the Caribbean.
Coral World Ocean Park in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin...
Spokeswoman says aquatic facility isn’t permanently closed
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — An aquatic facility in the metro Phoenix where four dolphins have died since opening more than two years ago says it's not permanently closed, even though signs at the...
Desert attraction temporarily closes after 4 dolphin deaths
PHOENIX (AP) — Dolphinaris Arizona opened in the metro Phoenix desert two years ago as marine parks elsewhere were scaling back exhibits amid criticism of the treatment of animals.
Animal rights advocates took aim at Dolphinaris as well, saying that putting dolphins in pools on tribal land in the desert was tantamount to animal cruelty.
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Arizona facility temporarily closing after 4th dolphin death
PHOENIX (AP) — After the death of a fourth dolphin, a Phoenix-area aquatic facility announced Tuesday that it will temporarily close for a reevaluation by an outside panel of experts.
Officials with Dolphinaris Arizona said the voluntary closure will start Friday and there isn't an immediate timetable for reopening.
Company ends contract after dolphin dies at Arizona facility
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The fourth dolphin death in two years at a Phoenix-area aquatic facility has prompted a company to terminate its contract to loan animals to the facility.
Dolphin Quest also said Saturday its team was heartbroken by Thursday's death of Kai, a 22-year-old dolphin on loan to Dolphinaris Arizona, but that two other Dolphin Quest dolphins there are well.
Another dolphin dies at Arizona aquatic facility
PHOENIX (AP) — A fourth dolphin has died at a Phoenix-area aquatic facility.
A statement from Dolphinaris Arizona in Scottsdale says 22-year-old Kai died Thursday after his condition began deteriorating and he had difficulty swimming, eating and breathing.
Kai's death marks the fourth death at the facility since it opened in October 2016, and it comes just a month after Khloe, an 11-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, died after a chronic illness.
Rescue works to find homes for 21 seized dogs in Florida
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When Dolphin experienced what likely was her first romp in a garden, the yellow lab showed her amazement in the most basic way, digging in the dirt and plopping herself down in the middle of it.
That might not have done much for the cleanliness of Ginger Smith's Clearwater home, but it did a bunch for her heart.
Smith, a dog rescuer for more than a decade, saw in Dolphin's behaviors what a kind voice and a little freedom can do for a dog damaged by sad circumstances.
Third dolphin dies at Arizona site since its 2016 opening
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A third dolphin has died at an Arizona aquatic facility since it opened in 2016.
An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin died Sunday after a chronic illness at Scottsdale-area Dolphinaris Arizona, facility officials said in a statement posted Monday on its website.
The dolphin, named Khloe, was 11 years old.
Facility General Manager Christian Schaeffer called the death "an extremely sad day" for the facility and its staff.
Report: 16 dolphin deaths linked to red tide off Florida
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Federal scientists have linked over a dozen dolphin deaths off Florida to a toxic algae bloom that has persisted in the Gulf of Mexico for over a year.
Erin Fougeres says researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been "fairly overwhelmed" by the number of necropsies needed.
Editorials from around New England
Editorials from around New England:
Cape Cod Times
Many of us have had the experience of a bird crashing into a window of our house, and the almost knee-jerk response to grab a shoe box, go outside, and make sure that it is OK. But what happens when that animal is a 100-pound turtle, a shark, or a whale? Who answers the call when those animals need assistance?
Correction: Dolphin Deaths story
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — In a story Nov. 27 story about a red tide being suspected in dolphin deaths, The Associated Press erroneously cited the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as saying red tide happens when algae colonies grow out of control due to pollution from farming and other human activities. NOAA says environmental conditions such as light, temperature, nutrients and ocean currents are factors that can lead to the uncontrolled algae growth.
Study: Dolphins work together to complete tasks
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A year-long study conducted in the Florida Keys shows that bottlenose dolphins work together to perform and complete tasks.
Researchers find dolphins can work together
3 dolphins rescued in Cape Cod
BREWSTER, Mass. (AP) — Three dolphins that were stranded in Cape Cod have been rescued.
The Cape Cod Times reports the dolphins were found Sunday at Mayo Beach in Wellfleet, near Commercial Street in Provincetown and Ellis Landing in Brewster.
International Fund for Animal Welfare spokeswoman Nicole Fox says their Yarmouth location treated all the dolphins and released them at Scusset Beach in Bourne.
Official: Stranded dolphins may be related to hurricane
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — An official with the nonprofit Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi says the stranding of rare dolphins on the Gulf Coast may be related to Hurricane Michael.
Rare dolphin found at Mississippi beach
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A stranded rough-toothed dolphin apparently became separated from its mother and was hunted by deep-sea fishermen before it was found on a Mississippi beach.
The Sun Herald reports the juvenile female dolphin — about 6 feet, 10 inches long and weighing about 140 pounds — is a rare find along coastal waters off the Gulf of Mexico.
2 pygmy killer whales die a week after beaching in Florida
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say two pygmy killer whales have died a week after being found distressed in shallow waters on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Mote Marine Laboratory spokeswoman Stephannie Kettle says one of the females, Lightning, died Wednesday, and the other, Thunder, died Thursday.
Dolphin strands, dies on Cape Cod beach
ORLEANS, Mass. (AP) — A dolphin that stranded on a Cape Cod beach died even as a rescue team was on the way to help.
Orleans police reported the dolphin on Nauset Beach to the Yarmouth-based International Fund for Animal Welfare late Sunday morning.
Melanie Mahoney, IFAW's wildlife rescue communications officer, said the marine mammal died before the recuse team could get to the scene.
Crews rescue 2 distressed pygmy killer whales in Florida
SAND KEY, Fla. (AP) — Biologists are working to help two pygmy killer whales that had been found distressed in shallow waters on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Mote Marine Laboratory spokeswoman Stephannie Kettle says the whales are receiving 24-hour critical care at Mote's Sarasota facility, but veterinarians weren't immediately sure what was wrong with them.
Grieving orca highlights plight of endangered whales
SEATTLE (AP) — Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters, a display that has struck an emotional chord around the world and highlighted the plight of the declining population that has not seen a successful birth since 2015.
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don't call it a "wholphin," they say.
The melon-headed whale is one of the various species that's called a whale but is technically a dolphin.
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal agency will designate waters around Hawaii as protected critical habitat for endangered false killer whales.
WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) — Officials are increasing a reward offered in the shooting death of a pregnant dolphin that washed up on a Mississippi beach.
Stacey Horstman, Bottlenose Dolphin Conservation Coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Southeast, says the reward was raised on Monday to $11,500.
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — More than $6,000 is up for grabs after a pregnant dolphin was found shot to death in South Mississippi.
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Several stranded dolphins have been rescued and released back into the ocean off Cape Cod.
Nine dolphins were released into the ocean at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown by the International Fund for Animal Welfare on Tuesday afternoon.
Stranded Dolphins Returned to Ocean in Mass.
MADRID (AP) — Spain is creating a marine wildlife reserve for the migrations of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea and will prohibit searching for fossil fuels in the area.
The Spanish government announced Friday that the protected reserve will cover 46,385 square kilometers (17,909 square miles) between the Balearic Islands and the mainland. It says the area "is of great ecological value and represents a migration path of vital importance for cetaceans in the Western Mediterranean."
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A dolphin nicknamed Sharkie has been released back into the Atlantic Ocean after four months of rehabilitation following a shark attack.
The 265-pound (120-kilogram) Atlantic bottlenose dolphin has been treated at SeaWorld Orlando's Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility since her February rescue on Ponte Vedra Beach.
Whale dolphin washes up on Oregon’s Manzanita Beach
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A right whale dolphin washed up on the Oregon coast last week.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports it was found at Manzanita Beach. The creature was taken to Portland State University for a necropsy, but the results were inconclusive. More tests were being run to see if experts can determine the cause of the death.
OKATIE, S.C. (AP) — Carolina Snowball is finally back where she belongs.
The snow white dolphin with black teeth and pink eyes mesmerized the nation when she was captured near Beaufort by the Miami Seaquarium in 1962.
POROS, Greece (AP) — There are ghosts in the ocean. Silent killers carried by the currents, wrapping themselves around reefs and claiming the lives of millions of marine creatures great and small, from sponges and tiny crustaceans to dolphins, sharks and whales.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Another dolphin has died at an aquatic facility in Scottsdale.
Dolphinaris Arizona announced Tuesday that a 10-year-old female bottlenose dolphin named Alia died Tuesday morning.
The cause of death hasn't been determined and facility staffers say a necropsy will be performed.
7 dolphins rescued after stranding off Dennis
DENNIS, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of people have helped rescue seven Atlantic white-sided dolphins that were stranded off the coast of Cape Cod over the weekend.
Alex Johnson, a volunteer with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, tells the Cape Cod Times the mammals became stranded in shallow waters a few hundred yards off Chapin Memorial Beach in Dennis at about 9 a.m. Sunday.
Dolphin continues to recover after shark bites
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a dolphin that was found covered in shark bites on a Florida beach appears to be getting better.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that SeaWorld Orlando announced Monday that the dolphin passed a hearing test. It's an important step in her recovery, since she relies on listening to echoes to find food, avoid predators and navigate the ocean.
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — Semo, the oldest known male bottlenose dolphin in the United States, has died at a Northern California theme park where he was a fan favorite.
The San Francisco Chronicle says Semo died Tuesday at age 54.
Officials at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo say Semo apparently died of natural causes but a necropsy is planned.