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… » 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… » 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

Dog Shows Persistence in Chasing Down Dolphin Friends

If you suffer from seasickness, you're just going to have to weigh that unfortunate condition against how much you want to see a friendly Labrador retriever chase down some dolphins, demanding that they play with him. Dogs don't make the best videographers, but they're definitely the most ingenuous and adorable.… » 8/05/12 2:00pm 8/05/12 2:00pm

Watch Some Dolphins Show Off for the Camera

This dolphin video (yay for dolphins!) comes courtesy a friend of a friend, so everybody be nice and say how much you enjoy the soothing ocean vistas. The paddleboarder's name is Nik and the reason all the dolphins swarm around him and not the rest of us is because he stuffs his boardshorts with dolphin treats. J/k… » 7/19/12 11:15pm 7/19/12 11:15pm

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… » 5/01/12 2:20pm 5/01/12 2:20pm

Dolphins Are Plotting Your Destruction

New research shows that dolphins don't really whistle — their squeaky voices are produced by tissue vibrations, much like human speech. This allows them to change tone quickly, a technique necessary for complex communication. Scientists speculate that the seemingly sweet creatures are saying things like, "our plan is… » 9/08/11 12:20pm 9/08/11 12:20pm

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… » 7/18/11 1:58pm 7/18/11 1:58pm