As an active participant in conservation, I enjoy going down to the beach to pick up trash. However, I don’t throw away everything that I find. In one case, I found a five gallon cat litter bucket on the beach, I kept it, … Continue reading
One of the most recently identified individual dolphins, Echo, appears to have an odd deformity. Echo is very shy and, unlike most of the other dolphins, doesn’t like to come close to you, so we haven’t gotten a good look at his deformity. When we first saw Echo, we thought that he/she had a chopped off dorsal fin, but as we edged closer we noticed that his/her fin appeared to be collapsed. After studying a few of our photos though, Echo’s fin looks like it may be more than just collapsed – Echo appears to have TWO dorsal fins!
It gets way weirder than that. If it’s true that Echo has two fins, they apparently bend over and the ends join together.
We have never seen anything like it before. Echo’s fin could just be collapsed; however, dorsal fin collapse is not common in bottle-nose dolphins.
We’ll keep you updated if we find out anything new.
Today’s Picture of the Week is several pictures showing a bottle-nose dolphin calf leaping out of the water as it plays with what appears to be its friend. Both dolphins have been identified by the Snails2Whales Dolphin Project, but the … Continue reading
Today’s Picture of the Week is a call to action! Legislation has been introduced in Congress, HR 4019 (Schiff, D-CA) that would end SeaWorld keeping killer whales in its care! SeaWorld’s killer whales (like Trua and Tilikum in the photo above) … Continue reading
Hi everyone! This is Snails2Whales with another Question Contest! True or false: female narwhals do not have tusks. Do you know the answer? If so, post it in the comments! (either “true” or “false”) RULES: There is only one rule: … Continue reading
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Description: Florida manatees are gray in color, but may appear to have green backs do to algae growing on their skin. They have arm-like flippers and flat, circle-shaped tails. Manatees have two nostrils on the the tops of their “noses,” and … Continue reading