The only way to learn about the sensory abilities of dolphins is with the help of trained dolphins.
Wild dolphins are fast, smart and hard to study, but it is important to understand how human actions affect their health. So we are building a drone to sample hormones from the blowholes of dolphins.
New research shows dolphins have a large clitoris that is similar to the human organ.
It was not until the late 1990s that the anatomy of the human clitoris was accurately described by Australia’s first female urologist. And now research in animals is starting to catch up.
Two bottlenose dolphins (
Tursiops truncatus) cooperate in a button-pressing task requiring precise behavioural synchronization.
Dolphin Research Center
Dolphin pairs had to learn to push buttons at the same time to get a reward. So what happened when one dolphin figured that out, while the other still had to learn?
Three allied male dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia.
Simon J Allen
Researchers have discovered male bottlenose dolphins can retain individual vocal labels – or “names” – to help them recognise each other in their social network, much like humans.
A pod of spinner dolphins in the Red Sea.
Complex behaviour such as regional accents and cultural food preferences in whales and dolphins seems to be linked to brain size.
Bottlenose dolphin tossing an octopus across the water during feeding off Bunbury, Western Australia.
It's not easy to tackle a live octopus - so many arms, all those suckers! But some bottlenose dolphins have found a way to defuse and eat these eight-armed sea creatures.
A rare glimpse of a river dolphin in Cambodia.
Dolphin-watching tourism has pros and cons — so what should you think about next time you head out?
Some dolphins live close to the shore, where they regularly encounter humans. This is affecting their numbers.
Globally, a quarter of whale and dolphin species are endangered. Though South African dolphin populations are generally in good heath, the humpback dolphin is cause for concern.
Urban noise pushes birds to sing in high pitch and ship sound deafens whales and dolphins.
John Haslam, Eric Bégin, IK's World Trip, Green Fire Productions, flickker photos, Jay Ebberly / Flickr
Noise pollution, whether on land or under water, can affect animals in interesting – and not always positive – ways.
Chinese dolphins: sadly, not in the pink.
These unusual and endangered creatures now face a new threat.
Only recently discovered, the Burrunan dolphin is now in need of urgent conservation action.
The Burrunan dolphin, Tursiops australis, has only recently been discovered but is already under threat due to its small and isolated populations. Our team of researchers from the Australian Marine Mammal…
Bottlenose dolphins who use sponges as tools experience changes to their genetic make-up as a result, research shows. Researchers…
A series of juvenile dolphin deaths have been confirmed to be the result of a not previously reported virus. Researchers…