Dolphin's & Whales
Unfortunately, dolphins are not only living in the wild, but are also held captive in many entertainment facilities all over the world – under the false pretence that it serves educational, conservational. and even therapeutical purposes. One of our goals is to raise awareness about the exploitation and killing of dolphins for profit, and to show instead how everyone can contribute to protecting and respecting them.
What are researchers learning about the various dolphin populations worldwide? On our science news page we provide brief summaries of recent publications and news articles that report scientific research: Male Dusky Dolphins Compete during Group Mating Chases (posted 05 June 2015). In a recently published study by Dara N. Orbach (Texas A&M University) and collaborators, mating groups of dusky dolphins were observed off Kaikoura, New Zealand, during their breeding season. The question the researchers were asking was whether male dolphins behave cooperatively during group mating chases – leading to a higher copulation rate – or whether they compete with each other. It turns out that the male dolphins are in competition, which leads to a lower copulation rate (per male) when the mating group is larger.