SeaWorld Has a New PR Nightmare: This Girl Who Was Bitten by a Dolphin

Last week, a 9-year-old girl was bitten by a dolphin at SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas. Now PETA is trying to get the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the bite. » 2/28/14 12:00pm 2/28/14 12:00pm

Dude Scientist Is on a Quixotic Mission to Prove Dolphins Are Dumb

Dolphins are smart. Except that, dolphins may not be so smart, at least not according to one South African researcher who is trying to corner the market on schadenfreude-laced dolphin studies because (and we’re just spitballing here) 1) his entire family was killed by dolphin mercenaries, 2) he’s really, really sick of … » 9/29/13 3:00pm 9/29/13 3:00pm

Dolphins can remember their friends better than most humans

In case you still doubted that dolphins have an awareness rivaling our own, new research shows that these cetaceans can remember the whistles of their old tank-mates after being separated for more than 20 years! No species other than humans has demonstrated such a long-term social memory. » 8/07/13 10:00pm 8/07/13 10:00pm

How’s Your Summer of Mass Dolphin Deaths Been So Far?

Hey there, Eastern-seaboard beach-goers! Been enjoying your summer of cold beer, casual sex, outdoor music festivals, ice cream dinners, and mysterious dolphin carcasses? Of course you haven’t — who can enjoy ice cream dinners with so many rotting dolphin carcasses lining our beaches, fouling up the air and attracting… » 8/04/13 3:00pm 8/04/13 3:00pm

Dolphin-Assisted Births Seem Like Questionable Life Choices

Dolphins are magical, highly-intelligent creatures that play with surfers, save drunk people from riptides, and jump over the rings of Lisa Frank’s neon-splattered Saturn. They’re cosmic beings, dolphins are, in direct communication with the undying essence of the universe, privy to the semi-divine thalassic secrets… » 5/27/13 12:30pm 5/27/13 12:30pm

Hawaii's Dolphins Can't Get Any Sleep Because of Tourists

Tourists in Hawaii really like to see dolphins, and that's fine because dolphins are magical (when they're not trying to bad-flipper isolated swimmers or murder innocent tiger sharks), but it's also creating a significant problem: insomniac dolphins aren't getting enough sleep because tourists keep wanting to stare… » 8/29/12 10:00am 8/29/12 10:00am

Not Even Dolphins Are Safe from the Bullying Epidemic

The Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, CA has hosted a new resident for the last 5 days — a 7-foot dolphin nicknamed by the locals as "Bolsa Chica Bob" or "Fred" (great nicknames, locals). Marine experts have attempted to push "Bolsa Chica Bob" into the deeper waters of Huntington Harbour only to have the dolphin… » 5/01/12 2:20pm 5/01/12 2:20pm

Swimming With Dolphins Probably Does Not Cure Diseases

Dolphin therapy programs claim that swimming with the sea mammals can cure conditions from chronic fatigue syndrome to autism. However, aside from a few small studies suggesting that dolphin fun may help with depression and, oddly, eczema, there's no evidence for these claims. Also, as much as dolphins may like playing … » 7/18/11 1:58pm 7/18/11 1:58pm

Woman Injured By Dolphin Jumping Into Her Boat

Tourists on a Florida dolphin-watching cruise got more than their money's worth when a 600-pound dolphin jumped onto the deck of their 24-foot boat. The dolphin mistimed its jump and wound up hitting a woman on board, spraining her ankle. The group called 911 and members of the Isles of Capri Fire and Rescue Department … » 3/14/11 8:37pm 3/14/11 8:37pm