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Virus killing dolphins and whales

by Rebecca on November 30, 2013

in Animals in the News

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A virus described as measles-like has been killing dolphins, and now whales, along the U.S. east coast in 2013. Bottlenose dolphins began dying of the virus in June of this year, and the virus has been steadily moving southward as the dolphins migrate south for winter. Now the disease has spread from New York to Florida, with a total of 753 bottlenose dolphins washed ashore from July 1 until November 3, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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The disease has spread from New York to Florida, with a total of 753 bottlenose dolphins washed ashore from July 1 until November 3.

http://earthsky.org/earth/virus-killing-dolphins-and-now-whales-along-u-s-east-coast

 

By Victoria GillScience reporter, BBC News

African elephants

African elephants’ decision-making abilities are left impaired by culling operations that ended decades ago, University of Sussex research suggests.

A study found that elephant herds that lost adults to culls during the 1970s and 1980s were less able to respond appropriately to other elephant calls.

Lead researcher Prof Karen McComb said the animals’ “social understanding” had been impaired by the loss of adults.

The results are published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology.


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