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Whale, dolphin and porpoise strandings

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When they say 'found' they don't mean as in down the back of the sofa, didn't know it was there. More, they though it was something else but research and DNA shows its a new species.

 

Previous research had shown that the DNA found in the dolphins differed from that of the known bottlenose speciesTursiops truncatus and Tursiops aduncus.

 

But in order to define a new species, more evidence is needed. Kate Charlton-Robb of Monash University in Melbourne and her colleagues studied dolphin skulls found in a number of museums, as well as more detailed analysis of DNA, to show that T. australis is clearly a different animal.

 

 

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Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14921665

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I made a post a few days ago about the amazing rescue of a baby humpback on the Gold Coast in Australia. Sadly I have to follow this happy story up with the sad news the the 1 week old didn't find its mum and restranded 2 days later, and had to be put down. It must be so heart breaking for all those involved, that would have worked so hard to keep this little guy alive.

 

"It's been a very sad morning for everyone involved in this operation who helped to give the young calf the best chance of survival by getting him into the ocean so he could have the best possible chance of being reunited with his mother," said Trevor Long, who led the rescue.

 

Long, from the SeaWorld marine park, said the whale would not have been able to survive long without receiving nourishment and protection from its mother.

 

 

New sorce: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/10011584/baby-whale-to-be-put-down-after-second-beaching/

 

Hate this, I really wish it had a happy ending.

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Fingers crossed the wee thing finds it's mum again!

 

NB: Sadly it doesn't appear to have found it's mum and was reported to have restranded 2 days after it's refloat. Unfortunatly dispite everyones best efforts the animal had to be put down.