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Marine mammals mooted at meeting

John Kerr posted in on December 13th, 2013.

The Maui’s dolphin and other endangered marine mammals have been the focus of a huge international conference taking place in Dunedin this week. Marine biologists and conservationist have taken over the town as part of the Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals which this year has the theme, “Marine Mammal Conservation: Science Making a […]

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Dolphins protected in reserves, but still at risk of extinction

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2012.

New research has shown the survival of Hector’s dolphins in Marine Protected Areas is slightly increasing due to a lack of net fishing – but the dolphins are still at risk of extinction. The study, published this week in the Journal of Applied Ecology, details the findings of a 21-year survey of dolphin numbers in […]

Whale strandings — what science can tell us

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 20th, 2010.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING (Wed 20 Oct): Last month’s mass stranding event of over 70 pilot whales on a remote Northland beach highlighted New Zealand’s position as one of the most frequent sites of marine mammal strandings in the world. Theories abound as to why whales become beached — ranging from disorientation to illness to unwillingness […]

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