Volume # 60/ The Darker Side

Reply Tue 5 Jul, 2005 11:07 pm
Ul, please tell sumac that we miss her and hope she returns on-line soon!

Here's a news story that I thought rather remarkable regarding the finding of a new Dolphin species...


Thanks for the photos, Ul!
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Reply Wed 6 Jul, 2005 07:13 am
Yes, ul, those photos are wonderful.

The link doesn't appear to be working - maybe they moved the dolphin story??

All clicked....................
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Reply Wed 6 Jul, 2005 07:53 am
Danon, here's the article found at another webpage.


Asian Migrant is True-blue Aussie ~
By Matthew Thompson
July 5, 2005

Marine scientists and new agers have a good reason to pop a few champagne corks: the Australian snubfin dolphin has just been declared the newest species on the block.

The snubfin, or Orcaella heinsohni, which is found off the north coast from the Brisbane River to Broome, had been considered a local variation of a predominantly Asian species, the Irrawaddy, Orcaella brevirostris.

However, Queensland scientists who carried out skull measurements, observations, and genetic testing have found that Australia's Irrawaddies are a separate species.

Isabel Beasley, a PhD student at James Cook University in Townsville who began taking cranial spans in 1997, said the declaration of the new species was important for both dolphin species.

Subtracting estimates of Australian snubfin populations from Irrawaddy populations placed the Asian dolphins nearer to extinction than previously thought, Ms Beasley said, and conservation efforts for both species could be stepped up.

Numbers of Irrawaddy in the Mekong River have not recovered from hunting by Khmer Rouge guerillas in the early 1970s, and fishermen continue to net them, Ms Beasley said.

"There are less than 200 [snubfins] living around Townsville … and we don't know how many there are in other areas."

Orcaella heinsohni is named after the pioneering James Cook University researcher George Heinsohn.

The findings are published in Marine Mammal Science.
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Reply Wed 6 Jul, 2005 12:34 pm
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Reply Wed 6 Jul, 2005 06:03 pm


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