The Irrawaddy Dolphin 🐬
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Found in the coastal sea waters, estuaries, and rivers of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and northern Australia, this species of dolphin is a euryhaline marine mammal, meaning that it can adapt to a wide range of habitat salinities. This ability is what allows the Irrawaddy dolphin to venture inland from the sea along freshwater river systems. Unique among dolphins, members of this species have U-shaped blowholes that open towards the front of their body. They also have extremely short beaks and large melons (the part of their head used for echolocation), and can reach over 7 feet in length and 400 pounds in weight. Interestingly, despite looking very similar to the beluga whale, the Irrawaddy dolphin is actually most closely related to the killer whale! Irrawaddy dolphins hunt cooperatively in small groups for fish, cephalopods and crustaceans by circling and trapping their prey while disorienting it with strong streams of water that are squirted from their mouths. They're actually so cooperative that they are even known to voluntarily hunt together with human fishermen in the wild! Irrawaddy dolphin populations are highly fragmented, and due mainly to habitat degradation and fatal entanglements with fishing nets, the species as a whole is currently considered Vulnerable.
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22,14531515 February, 2019
⚠THIS IS NOT A WONDERFUL SHOT⚠
The sharks in Oslob are fed for tourist enjoyment - it damages their health and disrupts migratory routes essential to keep a diverse gene pool. The use of a single type of cheaply avaliable krill for feed means the sharks do not get a varied diet and are lacking in essential minerals. This is a form of animal exploitation and has been condemned by various international wildlife organisations as unsustainable !
There are other places in Philippines where sustainable shark tourism is taking place - if more people know about this it might pressure the locals in Oslob to change their behaviour 🦈
Via @shark_advocates 💙
Via @ocean_preservation / @richmaskey
📷: Pm please
I looked into this. And wow. If I was a woman giving birth, I would definitely choose to give birth around dolphins 🐬
9,40141715 February, 2019
Have you ever seen a baby dolphin ? 🐬
This lil guy was found washed up on the beach, all alone, malnourished and struggling to make it back to the water.
Thanks to this guy and a couple other brave volunteers, baby Dolphin was saved, fed, and set back on track! Whether it survived and or reunited with its mother is unknown. -
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Why is this so satisfying.. 😆🐬 1 // 🙍🏼♀️ 0.
Dolphins are intelligent, friendly mammals that like to play tricks. Captive dolphins can remember the whistles for many years, sometimes decades
In a classic study published in 1984, researchers trained a female bottlenose dolphin called Akeakamai to mimic sounds generated by a computer. The electronic sounds, and Akeakamai's responses, are remarkably similar.
Then the biologists began to link these sounds to objects like a hoop, pipe, Frisbee or ball. Akeakamai was quick to figure out the connection and make the vocalization appropriate to each object. In essence, she had learned a new vocabulary.
#100daysofgratitude day 39 ✨✨ my last day on the Oaxacan Coast ... ✨✨
To the birds that call like telephones from high up in the mango tree, the man holding a beaming daughter high on his shoulders to reach the best flowers, to the tiny turtles for reminding me to stay free, and the dolphins for reminding me to never stop playing. To the kind lady with the red dress and the girl with the amethysts who painted my nails purple. To all the hammocks who held my weight while I rested and recovered and processed my thoughts. To everything - person, place and creature that’s made these three weeks so magical, I am forever grateful. It’s time to move onto new adventures, as always. ✨✨✨
✨ “Take a deep breath, take a step forward, now run, collide like planets in the system of a dying sun, embrace each other with both arms and let all the rules, the opinions and common sense crash down around you” ~ Beau Taplin
Dolphins are such smart creatures 🐬 who wants to swim with them?
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