Sunday, June 22, 2008

New dolphin specie has been discovered in Australia!

A dolphin species has been found in Tasmanian waters for the first time.

Four striped dolphins, normally found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, became stranded recently at White Beach on the Tasman Peninsula.

Local people and marine conservation officers were able shepherd them back out to sea.
Photos taken by locals later sent to the department confirmed that the dolphins' identity.
Marine Conservation Officer Isabel Beasley says the striped dolphin is visually spectacular, with dark black bands extending from the eye to the tail, and the eye to the flipper.

Dr Beasley says they probably came this far south because of warm ocean currents.

"They might have come down in a warm water current, perhaps, so they probably travel reasonably large distances but they probably wouldn't travel between ocean basins," Dr Beasley said.

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