Whale-watching is not as harmless as it appears. Conservationists say whales are stressed out by the frequent boat trips, which affects their behavior and puts their long-term survival at risk. As many as 13 million people flock to the oceans each year in hopes of seeing whales and dolphins up close. » 8/27/14 7:00pm 8/27/14 7:00pm

Did Dolphins Really Save A Girl From Drowning?

According to one researcher, dolphins intentionally led a group of scientists to rescue a suicidal girl in the ocean near Los Angeles. Could that really be true? » 6/03/14 2:30pm 6/03/14 2:30pm

National Aquarium Ponders Moving Dolphins to a Sanctuary

The National Aquarium in Baltimore has invited a panel of experts to discuss whether its eight captive dolphins should be moved to a beachside sanctuary. » 5/17/14 8:30am 5/17/14 8:30am

How Does Human Culture Influence Our Genetics?

The way our ancestors ate, cooked, explored, and interacted with others has had a profound influence on our genetic inheritance. So how will modern culture shape the genetic legacies we leave to our descendents? » 4/14/14 8:00am 4/14/14 8:00am

Russia Now Commands A Dolphin Army

Perhaps you've heard that Ukraine had a small battalion of dolphin soldiers, trained to sniff out mines and patrol the border. Since the dolphins were housed at an aquarium in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, they now answer to the Russian Navy. » 3/26/14 5:48pm 3/26/14 5:48pm

New species of river dolphin discovered in Brazil

Scientists working in the Araguaia River basin of Brazil have discovered the first new river dolphin species in almost 100 years. Critically endangered, there may be only 1,000 of them left. » 1/23/14 7:20am 1/23/14 7:20am

The annual Taiji Cove dolphin hunt is underway. Some 250 dolphins from 5 separate pods have been corralled and now await slaughter or a lifetime of captivity — including this rare albino dolphin calf spotted by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. » 1/20/14 4:00pm 1/20/14 4:00pm

How would a dolphin and a human swimmer compare in a race?

Obviously dolphins are far better swimmers than humans. They would totally hand us our asses in a race. But just how lopsided would the contest be? A recent experiment shows it's not even close — and dolphins are even stronger in the water than we thought. » 1/16/14 1:59pm 1/16/14 1:59pm

Watch this pod of dolphins get completely stoned on puffer fish

Last week we reported on how dolphins like to get high by ingesting the nerve toxin released by puffer fish — but there was no video. The BBC has now released the footage, and it's just as awesome as we hoped. » 1/08/14 1:25pm 1/08/14 1:25pm

Dolphins like to get high by sucking on puffer fish

Using a remote-controlled camera disguised as a sea turtle, marine biologists watched as young dolphins got themselves stoned by ingesting a nerve toxin released by puffer fish. And as if sharing a joint, the dolphins could be seen passing it around. » 12/30/13 7:30am 12/30/13 7:30am

One of the most fascinating museums on Earth is in a fetid LA warehouse

Inside an unassuming L.A. warehouse, a bearded man in rubber gloves and a bloodstained t-shirt is pulling bodies apart. The stench is powerful, but conveniently masked by the fleshy funk of a nearby meatpacking plant. He removes a glistening lump of muscle and plops it on a table. "There's the heart" he says cooly.… » 11/05/13 11:40am 11/05/13 11:40am

8 Glitches in Animal Behavior That Can End in Catastrophe

Instincts are great, except for those unfortunate times when they make an animal go completely haywire, sometimes with disastrous results. Here are eight bizarre glitches that cause animals to do some very strange things — some of them even fatal. » 11/01/13 10:00am 11/01/13 10:00am

Watch the first-ever footage of spontaneous ejaculation in a dolphin

WHOA. Did you know dolphins have wet dreams? Be honest – you probably didn't. Hardly surprising, though, given that this is the very first footage of a wild dolphin ejaculating completely spontaneously. No overt socio-sexual activity. No direct genital stimulation. Nada. Dude was swimming lazily along when he… » 9/03/13 10:20am 9/03/13 10:20am

No, India did not just grant dolphins the status of humans

Contrary to widespread reports, the Indian government did not recently grant legal personhood status to dolphins. But it did abolish the use of dolphins in aquatic theme parks — an important precedent that could eventually inspire other countries to do the same. » 8/15/13 1:24pm 8/15/13 1:24pm

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 1:00pm 8/07/13 1:00pm

Dolphins give each other their own special “names”

Many of the traits we think of as uniquely human can be found in at least a handful of animal species, but names really are almost unheard of outside our species. The reason why I have to say "almost"? Look no further than everyone's favorite exemplar of non-human intelligence, the dolphin. » 7/28/13 2:46pm 7/28/13 2:46pm

9 Animals That Would Make Great Superheroes

Plenty of superheroes and supervillains are animal themed, taking on the grace of a cat or the strength of a spider. But there are animals who are super in their own right, with abilities perfectly suited to saving the day. » 7/14/13 7:30am 7/14/13 7:30am

No, dolphins are not your 'therapists.' So just stop it.

Though it might not fit with New Age dolphin lore, the reality is that dolphins, even those born in captivity, are wild. There's absolutely no evidence to support the burgeoning practice of dolphin-assisted therapy. Here's why dolphins are not healers — and why this practice needs to stop. » 6/19/13 3:40pm 6/19/13 3:40pm

Dolphin-assisted births? Yeah, let's not go there.

An expectant couple from North Carolina are currently in Hawaii awaiting the birth of their baby. When the time comes, they will have a so-called dolphin-assisted birth — a completely whacked idea that experts say is wrong on a number of levels. » 5/27/13 6:30am 5/27/13 6:30am

The couple, Adam and Heather Barrington, are currently staying with… » 5/27/13 6:30am 5/27/13 6:30am