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Dolphins in the area of BP's 2010 oil spill suffered from extreme health problems, with many not expected to survive, a study conducted a year after the spill shows. Credit: Thinkstock Nearly half of the 32 dolphins examined from Louisiana's Barataria Bay in 2011 were found to be in "guarded or worse" condition, according to the study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Seventeen percent were listed as "grave" and "not expected to survive." The Deepwater Horizon spill dumped up to four million barrels of oil (according to government estimates) in the Gulf of Mexico's Barataria Bay. The...

It's funny how quickly one's luck can reverse itself. Here's an example of fortune changing for the better. This small dolphin suffered the calamity of getting itself caught in a plastic bag. Had the dolphin been left on its own, the situation might have become life-threatening. But instead, Lady Luck let the dolphin see how nice a dame she can be, sending a small team of kindly fishermen to save the day. Watch until the end to see how the dolphin says thanks to its rescuers....

WASHINGTON – The deadliest known outbreak of a measles-like virus in bottlenose dolphins has killed a record number of the animals along the US Atlantic coast since July, officials said Friday. Credit: Thinkstock A total of 753 bottlenose dolphins have washed up from New York to Florida from July 1 until November 3, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. That is more than 10 times the number of dolphins that would typically turn up dead along East Coast beaches, said Teri Rowles, program coordinator of the NOAA Fisheries Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. "Historic averages for this same time frame, same geographic area is only 74, so you get an...

Dolphins have a reputation for being friendly, but no one was expecting this. A "superpod" of nearly 1,000 dolphins surprised a group ferry passengers traveling the Strait of Georgia on the western coast of Canada last week. Passengers on the British Columbia ferry responded by whipping out their smartphones and filming the scene. The gathering was especially shocking to locals who are not used to seeing this kind of wildlife so far north. "I've never seen anything like this before," Rob Maguire, the man who filmed the dolphins, told Global News. "The last time I saw an orca or dolphin was more than 15 years ago." According to the Daily Mail, the pod of dolphins was made up of...

We'll be frank with you: Some of us at PawNation have never seen a dolphin in the flesh. We're going to make it happen someday; it just hasn't happened yet. But that's why we so envy Jonathan Holowka, the guy who shot this video. He's living our dream in such a colossal way. It's a little hard to see, but if you look closely, you can make out a whole pod of dolphins jumping and showing off over the waves. Not just one dolphin, but countless. Said Holowka, "I was sitting on the balcony with my roommate and friend Ian. He was looking over the balcony when he noticed something jumping in the water. It turned out to be a bunch of dolphins. It was a very cool thing to see." A master of...

A large dolphin beached itself on Manhattan Beach yesterday, but happily was rescued and sent to SeaWorld San Diego for further care. #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-835270{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-835270, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-835270{width:521px;height:383px;display:block;} The dolphin in question is a Risso's dolphin, which is much larger than other species of dolphin, leading some onlookers to think the beached animal was a whale. Up-close encounters with Risso's dolphins are extremely rare, and relatively little is known about them, so the students and marine biologists who rescued this dolphin were...