Dick Vitale vs. Dolphins in Bracket Challenge

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Seems that some dolphins are getting in on the March Madness! College basketball legend Dick Vitale has been going head-to-head in a bracket pick ‘em contest against the sports-predicting dolphins of Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium as part of the Allstate March Mayhem Challenge.

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It’s a boy! Baby bottlenosed dolphin born!

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A male dolphin calf was born at Discovery Cove in Orlando Monday, February 25, at 10:05 pm. This is Kendall’s fourth birth and the 26th dolphin born at Discovery Cove since the park opened in 2000. cute animals dolphins wildlife

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It’s a girl! Discovery Cove welcomes new dolphin.

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A 3 ½ foot-long, 35-pound dolphin was born at Discovery Cove ® on Friday, November 30 at 10:22 a.m. pioneered the ability to preferentially produce female or male dolphin offspring though sperm-sexing and artificial insemination.

Dog and Dolphins

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It’s so fun to watch the dolphins and dog interact through the glass. Dog and Dolphins originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on August 26, 2010. Enjoy.

Is Dolphin Therapy Cruel to Dolphins?

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The dolphin-therapy business has been booming, fueled in part by the rapid growth in diagnoses of childhood mental disorders such as autism. Smith, who was originally inspired by watching a dolphin interact with her mentally disabled brother in the 1970s, offered the therapy free of charge for more than a decade, before abandoning the work out of ethical concerns in the 1990s. Tags: dolphin

European Military Exercises May Threaten Dolphins

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The moving of Europe's biggest military exercise to the outer Moray Firth poses a threat to bottlenose dolphins, conservations have claimed. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) said noise from warships' sonar could harm the animals. Tags: dolphin europe sonar military According to the BBC.

Canadian Fishermen Save Trapped Dolphins

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Fishermen and a teenage boy from an eastern Canadian town rescued three exhausted dolphins that had been trapped behind drifting pack ice for nearly a week, the wife of the town's mayor said Friday. Sadie May said the men cut a path through the sludgy ice in Newfoundland's Seal Cove harbor with their 18-foot trawler Thursday night, freeing the dolphins from an oval-shaped hole in the ice they had been swimming in for days. Tags: canada dolphin newfoundland animal rescue

The Issue of Dolphins in Captivity

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This is a good argument from PETA for keeping dolphins out of aquariums. (At Tags: dolphin marine animals aquariums PETA At my book club last week, someone actually admitted she craves fish and chips every time she goes to the aquarium! Shudder!).

Dolphins Threatened by Australian Oil Spill

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The World Wildlife Fund has reported that dolphins and other marine life have been swimming around in an oil spill off the coast of Australia. Tags: australia dolphin oil spill marine life There have not been many deaths yet, but the toxicity could lead to long-term health effects for the animals.

Guy Who Trained Flipper Protests Dolphin Slaughter

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The moment Flipper died in his arms, Richard O’Barry was transformed from a dolphin trainer into an activist determined to free captive dolphins around the world. Today, the man who trained Flipper for the popular 1960s TV series is crusading against the slaughter of dolphins in Japan, captured by hidden cameras in a chilling documentary called “The Cove” that’s being shown at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. She believes dolphins have "fun" doing shows.

Dolphin and Cat Play Together (Video)

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Click the image to see the full article and video of an amazing interaction between a cat and a dolphin. Things like this always make me happy, it’s so fun to see such curiosity between two animals that would normally never meet.

Mexico and US Go at it Again Over Dolphin-Labeling and Tuna

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The long-running dispute between the US and Mexico over Washington’s ‘dolphin safe’ labelling practice for tuna products is likely to see a WTO appeal, after the two parties together asked for an extension of the appeals deadline. World Trade Organization economics dolphin mexico tuna trade fishing usFrom the Bridges Weekly Trade News Digest.

Efforts Being Made to Halt Dolphin Slaughter in Japan

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It's that time of year in Taiji Japan when they start slaughtering dolphins. You can read about Save Japan Dolphin's efforts here. It looks like there is at least some hope.

50 Amazing Animal Facts infographic

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cats dogs dolphins elephants wildlifeHere’s a fun way to learn some new things about your favorite animals! Which facts did you already know? Were there any that were new to you?

On Dolphins as a Gateway to Animal Rights

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I did tweet about " Scientists Say Dolphins Should Be Treated As 'Non-human Persons' " yesterday, as I think this is a Gray Matter for a lot of people and might be interesting to explore. The way I see it, there are three camps on this one: People who think that dolphins or Great Apes or chimps could function as a gateway to other animals getting rights. Many dolphin brains are larger than our own and second in mass only to the human brain when corrected for body size."

John Rodman on Dolphinic Wisdom

Animal Ethics

Once before, around the time of Plato and Aristotle, the dolphins began tentatively to approach man. In the lore of the dolphins it is recorded that at some moment in time a few individual human beings will break through to a new, transhuman level of consciousness, will become true philosophers comprehending the whole in all its parts, and will quietly leave the city of man and make contact with the dolphins. In one, the philosophers join the dolphins and never return.

South Carolina Only State that Bans Capturing Marine Mammals for Display

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The law has been around since 1962 and it's the legacy of an albino dolphin named Snowball. Tags: captivity dolphin south carolina marine animals

The Hearing Ranges of Animals

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cats dogs dolphins just for fun wildlifeRegardless of whether you’re hard of hearing or have perfect hearing (for a human), this infographic will show you that – whilst us humans are a talented bunch for the most part – our hearing doesn’t compare in the slightest … Continue reading → The post The Hearing Ranges of Animals appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals.

SeaWorld Upset by Dophin Slaughter Film "The Cove"

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They are basically portrayed as benefiting from the horrific hunting and capture of dolphins in Japan. Tags: captivity dolphin marine life Japan amusement parks It is not a favorable portrayal.

Unlikely Animal Friends

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From dolphins and dogs who are swimming buddies, playful cheetahs and puppies who are best friends, owls and kitties playing leapfrog and much more! Four hours of frolicking, friendly fun with unlikely duos – including a dog who swims for hours with his dolphin pal, a man who gives up eating poultry after befriending a goose, a house cat who has play dates with a barn owl, and a baboon who fosters a bush baby. Are you ready for hours of the cutest animal video ever?

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"The Cove" Continues to Disturb

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Clearly, it is disturbing enough to provoke some real discussions about the ethics of dolphins in amusement parks. Whenever I read about dolphins in places like Sea World, I think of an ex-co-worker named Gretchen who admitted she had "issues" with animals. However, she really liked dolphins because she thought they were so cute in their shows. The cries of the dolphins are pathetic. Tags: captivity dolphin animal cruelty marine life Japan

"The Cove" Is Getting Attention

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It's a documentary about an annual Japanese dolphin hunt that occurs in the village of Taiji. Tags: oceans dolphin hunt Japan hunting We posted about "The Cove" a few months ago. It's gruesome, bloody and disturbing. It has just been screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Here is a glowing review from Joel Reynolds with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The review is on Huffington Post.

Quote of the Week

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There's about as much educational benefit studying dolphins in captivity as there would be studying mankind by only observing prisoners held in solitary. Jacques Cousteau.

Let’s Catch Up!

Creature Talk

It is a haunting, disturbing, thrilling, and often heartbreaking film about the dolphin trade and consequent slaughter in Japan. While it will probably make you cry if you are anything like me, it will also inspire you to see how passionate the dolphin advocates are about this issue.

Animal Altruism?

Animal Ethics

Dolphins appear to have saved a human from a shark. See here

Whales Share Some Human Traits, Study Shows

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Self-awareness, suffering and a social culture along with high mental abilities are a hallmark of cetaceans, an order grouping more than 80 whales, dolphins and porpoises, say marine biologists. From the AFP. As the future of whales once more comes under global debate, some scientists say the marine mammals are not only smarter than thought but also share several attributes once claimed as exclusively human.

Marine Animals Trying to Escape from Oil Spill

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Like forest creatures trying to escape a fire, marine animals such as dolphins, sharks, mullets, crabs, rays and fish are congregating in surprisingly shallow waters off the Florida coast line as they flee the encroaching oil spill. From ShortNews.com.literally, short, short news!

Dead Marine Animals Showing Up Along Gulf Coast

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And what about the dead dolphin? But so far, it looks like the oil spill is not to blame. But why did 60 dead endangered turtles wash up over three weeks? Seems odd, although officials with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality said that fish they've tested have not been killed by oil, but a lack of oxygen in the water. They also say low oxygen levels are common this time of year due to changes in temperature. Still, though, 60 sea turtles over 3 weeks?

Saving Marine Animals that Are NOT Cute

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People want to save the dolphins and the sea otters, but what about the bluefin tuna? We hear about the problem with charismatic land species. It's those species that either have a powerful personality or a cute face that endear people to them and garner news attention. Examples include panda bears, wolves, elephants, tigers, etc. It's easier to motivate people to save them as opposed to other species that are vital, but either boring or ugly. It's the same problem with marine life.

The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Elephants, whales, hippopotamuses, giraffes, and alligators use low-frequency sounds to communicate over long distances, often miles; and bats, dolphins, whales, frogs, and various rodents use high-frequency sounds to find food, communicate with others, and navigate.

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First C-Section Performed on a Shark!

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Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort experience where guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel with rays and tropical fish, hand-feed exotic birds and relax on pristine beaches. Orlando, Fla.

Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

Animal Ethics

These favor common law personhood, as a matter of liberty, at least for those nonhuman animals, such as chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, dolphins, and whales, who possess such highly advanced cognitive abilities as consciousness, perhaps even self-consciousness; a sense of self; and the abilities to desire and act intentionally. The legal rights of nonhuman animals might first be achieved in any of three ways.

Jewelry for animal lovers

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And there are many kinds of animals to choose from, everything from birds, frogs and dolphins, to a variety of dog breeds. If you are looking for a wonderful gift for the animal lover in your life, visit The Magic Zoo.

Cute of the day: Baby Anteater!!

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Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive experience in Orlando where guests can swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish and interact with animals. It’s a boy! This little guy – a lesser anteater or tamandua – was born just days ago to mom, Cypress, at Discovery Cove, in Orlando, Florida. Tamanduas are native to the forests of Mexico to South America. They use their sharp claws and 16-inch-long tongue (41 cm) to eat up to 9,000 ants in a single day.

Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

Animal Person

Hal Herzog’s “ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat ” (Harper 2011), though fascinating, is ultimately depressing for vegans and animal rights activists.

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John Rodman on the Paradox of Animal Experimentation

Animal Ethics

John Rodman , "The Dolphin Papers," The North American Review 259 [spring 1974]: 13-26, at 18

See OCEANS, Save Oceans!

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These filmmakers have given us the pleasure of looking over their shoulders—of doing what I have dreamed of being able to do—to get in a school of fish, to be a dolphin, to be a whale—and swim along with them,” said Dr. Sylvia Earle, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society.

Animal Rights Zone Launches Today

Animal Person

Also, that's how you get the cat-and-dog-and-horse (and maybe dolphin) people to cross over into a world where cuteness isn't the primary concern. Today is the launch of.

H. J. McCloskey on Animal Rights

Animal Ethics

However, further research on animals such as whales and dolphins, although seemingly not in respect to monkeys, apes, chimpanzees, may yet reveal that man is not the only animal capable of being a bearer of rights. As regards animals, the position is clear.

Are Animals Sentient?

Animal Ethics

Here is a passage from John Rodman's classic essay "The Dolphin Papers," The North American Review 259 (spring 1974): 13-26, at 24: St. Augustine [354-430] had long ago decided that beasts were incapable of suffering pain, because otherwise God would be unjust.