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WELLINGTON - New Zealand on Wednesday dismissed a call from top marine scientists to better protect a rare dolphin, saying existing safeguards for the creature dubbed "the hobbit of the sea" were sufficient. Credit: Flickr/Earthrace Conservation The International Whaling Commission's (IWC) scientific committee, representing more than 200 marine experts, has warned that the Maui's dolphin will become extinct unless fishing is banned in its habitat. Researchers believe only around 50 Maui's dolphins are left in their sole range -- shallow waters off the North Island's west coast -- and they estimate three-to-four are accidentally killed as fishing by-catch every year. Conservation Minister...

TAIPEI - Taiwan is setting up its first marine wildlife sanctuary, in a bid to protect its dwindling population of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, officials said Monday. Credit: Flickr: GregTheBusker Local conservation groups say the dolphin numbers have halved to around 60 in the past decade, due to pollution, industrial development, and destruction of habitat. "Indo-Pacific dolphin population is a key index to measure the health of the maritime environment," said Tsai Chia-yang, the head of the Chuanghua Environmental Protection Union. The Council of Agriculture confirmed it will establish a vast 76,300 hectare (188,461 acres) sanctuary off the west coast of the country. "We're happy...

Daily GIFs: April 2, 2014

Getting through the day can be tough, but you know what makes it easier? Adorable GIFs. Check out these furry mini-flicks floating around the Internet. It's probably the cutest way to waste time and wait for the weekend. 1. "Oh no! I'll save you, arm!" 2. The new eco-friendly transportation option for canines. 3. "I said flakes, not paté!" 4. "Are you my new best friend?" 5. The roads can be scary sometimes. Share this on Facebook Get another dose of adorable animals:...