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Dolphin Project Goes To Press: Free Angel Or Watch Her Die

(ANIMAL WELFARE/DOLPHINS) The Dolphin Project recently ran an ad in the New York Times to save Angel, a rare albino dolphin being held captive at Japan’s Taiji Whale Museum. Angel faces certain death in captivity if she’s not released to a more fitting home. Because her return to the wild is no longer possible since Japanese fishermen killed off Angel’s family, a proposal has been made to send her to a natural seapen or a protected cove. Dolphin Project administrators, led by Ric O’Barry, are calling for the public to send as many letters as possible to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, asking him to release Angel and end the Taiji dolphin hunts. Continue reading for more information on the Dolphin Project and how to send your own letter to Prime Minister Abe. — Global Animal

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New Species Of River Dolphin

New Dolphin Discovery Could Keep Species Afloat

(DOLPHINS/ANIMAL DISCOVERY) BRAZIL — A new species of river dolphin was recently found in the Araguaia River Basin in central Brazil. River dolphins, also known as botos, are the most endangered dolphins in the world. Three of the four different river dolphin species are categorized as threatened, and could soon be on the verge of extinction. This new discovery is the first new dolphin species found since 1918. Scientists are hoping the discovery will give them more insight into why these animals become extinct. Continue reading below to learn more about this new, amazing discovery. — Global Animal

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Playful Dolphin Surprises Swimmers

(DOLPHINS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) A female bottlenose dolphin, who was separated from her pod off the coast of Australia two years ago, is now a regular sighting for beachgoers near Sydney. The dolphin was abandoned after she became trapped in the Sussex Inlet in September 2012. Wildlife officials stepped in to help, but she never returned to her pod. After several months, rangers intervened once again out of fear the dolphin became too accustomed to humans. But neither of their attempts could dissuade the dolphin from staying so close to shore. She regularly seeks out human friends and loves playing with local surfers and swimmers. But while her friendly nature is absolutely adorable, the dolphin’s fondness toward humans has wildlife experts worried. “Although this dolphin does seem to actively seek out human interaction we are becoming more and more concerned about the number of people swimming with it at once, and of reports of people attempting to ride the animal, poke it and feed it,” Sydney Harbour Area Manager Michael Treanor said. “Ultimately, if that happens the animal may need to be taken into captivity, which is not what anyone wants and what we have been working so hard to avoid,” he continued. For now, wildlife services are advising swimmers to leave the dolphin alone—regardless of whether or not she instigates interaction. — Global Animal

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Stay Classy, Anchorman: Ditch The Dolphins

(PETA/ANIMAL WELFARE) Will Ferrell’s long-awaited sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues isn’t giving PETA anything to laugh about. The activist group wants all the scenes featuring dolphins at San Diego’s Sea World stripped from the movie. Pixar Studios recently left scenes from their upcoming animated movie Finding Dory on the cutting-room floor after reportedly viewing Blackfish, a documentary that exposes the cruel treatment of orcas held in captivity. The film’s powerful message seems to have captured much of Hollywood’s attention and compassion—something PETA hopes Anchorman 2 producers will take note of and follow suit. Read on to learn more about Anchorman 2 and share your thoughts on the film in the comments below.  — Global Animal

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Sea Shepherd Cracks Down On Cruel Sport

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/OCEAN CONSERVATION) Since 1983, the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has been fighting to stop whale and dolphin Grind hunting in the Faroe Islands—also referred to as the Taiji of the North—and now they’re ready for their next battle with their summer launch of “Operation GrindStop 2014.” For those unfamiliar with the term, a Grind is when small fishing boats surround a pod of whales or dolphins and drive them into the bay. The pod is then beached and left defenseless while men savagely plunge blades into the whales and dolphins until they die. This cruel “sport has been around since 1584 but not because it’s done for profit, or even to feed a starving community—the Faroe Islanders have one of the highest standards of living in the world. Grind hunting seems to persist today simply because it’s considered “traditional Viking fun.” Read below for more on Operation GrindStop and see how you can help Sea Shepherd stop these brutal massacres. — Global Animal

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Florida Manatee Swims Happily

Rats, Maggots, & Manatees: Our Secret Heroes

(WORKING ANIMALS) While you may be busy complaining about being back in the office after the long Labor Day weekend, some animals are busy putting in free work hours to help their cities flourish. From ferret electricians, to explosive-sniffing rats and life-saving maggots, check out these wonderful animal workers. — Global Animal

 

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Florida Manatee Swims Happily

Rats, Maggots, & Manatees: Our Secret Heroes

(WORKING ANIMALS) While you may be busy complaining about being back in the office after the long Labor Day weekend, some animals are busy putting in free work hours to help their cities flourish. From ferret electricians, to explosive-sniffing rats and life-saving maggots, check out these wonderful animal workers. — Global Animal

 

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Hundreds Of Whales & Dolphins May Be Killed! Is The Military Going Too Far?

(OCEANS/ANIMAL WELFARE) Is the killing of hundreds of whales and dolphins ever acceptable? The Navy says they may be doing just that while testing explosives underwater. Before even applying for federal permits to do so, the military conducted an environmental impact study that determined the explosions would cause most of the marine mammals’ deaths; though some whales and dolphins may perish from the sonar testing or even being hit by ships. Military officials say this is necessary because sailors need to test and train in real-life conditions in order to develop “the critical skills they need or ensure the new technologies can be operated effectively.” This impending massacre will reportedly take place over the next five years in waters off the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, Southern California, and Hawaii. However, some wildlife protection advocates say the navy is underestimating the damage these explosions will cause; believing it will disrupt the whales’ feeding and movement habits, and possibly even lead to death for the species. It’s understandable that our military needs to be prepared, but at what expense? Read below for more on this controversial testing and tell us what you think in the comments below. Is the sacrifice of all of these marine mammals’ lives worth it? – Global Animal

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