New dolphin species


11:19 21 November 2008 by Emma Young

A new, third species of bottlenose dolphin has been discovered in the waters off southern Australia. It is only the second new dolphin to be discovered in 50 years.

Luciana Möller of the Marine Mammal Research Group at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and her colleagues were studying populations of what they thought were Indo-Pacific and common bottlenoses in southern waters.

DNA analysis, though, revealed that most the animals living close to the shores of the states of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania were in fact a new species, belonging to a new genus. “They look very like the Indo-Pacific species, but genetically they’re very different,” says Möller.

The team has called the new species the Southern Australian bottlenose. It is awaiting a scientific name after a formal description.


5 Responses to New dolphin species

  1. Carita says:

    I am truly enjoying this blog. The news you are sharing is indeed news worth celebrating. Thanks.

  2. Asphodel says:

    I hope they are super intellectual and take over the planet and put us destructive humans back in our humble places!

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  4. Louise says:

    Hi zaxy,
    thanks for sharing such an inspirational site. I’m so glad to have found it. Truly inspiring and beautiful. Many thanks 🙂

  5. Ann says:

    What a lovely creature. I find the sea a rather scary and alien environment, but for those at home in it it an elegant and efficient place. Good luck with the research. Animals and nature often make me feel ashamed of what we do. We were given control of the animals to nurture them instead we exploit. Hence the shame !

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