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New Dolphin species discovered in SE Australia:

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posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 12:22 PM

Victorian researchers have discovered a new species of dolphin living right under their noses on Melbourne's doorstep.

The dolphins are found in Port Phillip Bay, and the Gippsland Lakes and in waters as far afield as Tasmania and South Australia. Their discovery is cause for much celebration as it is only the third time since the late 19th century that a new dolphin species has been recognised. The new species will be formally named Tursiops Australis.

"This animal has been living right under our noses for so many years, and just with combining those two different technologies, with looking at the skull morphology and the DNA, there's still really exciting discoveries to be made. "The main focus is obviously the conservation of this new species so we can enjoy them for future generations and be able to continue the research,"

(Note: You'll have to go to the site to see the picture-my ATS media won't open up.. conspiracy...

Well well. I love it when we find new things/new speices. Shows that we don't know it all and how we have a lot to learn from our oceans.

Good work for the Aussies and good news for mankind. I think the Dolphins are a special breed-for us Humans. I don't have any proof other than to say they are one smart being. Maybe a missing link somewhere in our past.

On a side note, I saw a movie preview last night about a wounded dolphin and how they afixed a artificial tail fin to it-with the assistance/help of a wounded soldier with artificial legs etc. Looks pretty dam good.

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 12:45 PM
Charlton-Robb K, Gershwin L-a, Thompson R, Austin J, Owen K, et al. (2011) A New Dolphin Species, the Burrunan Dolphin Tursiops australis sp. nov., Endemic to Southern Australian Coastal Waters. PLoS ONE 6(9): e24047. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024047

Figure 4. Direct visual comparison of cranial morphology (A–C).

Figure 5. Tursiops australis sp. nov. external morphology and colouration (A–C).

Citation: Charlton-Robb K, Gershwin L-a, Thompson R, Austin J, Owen K, et al. (2011) A New Dolphin Species, the Burrunan Dolphin Tursiops australis sp. nov., Endemic to Southern Australian Coastal Waters. PLoS ONE 6(9): e24047. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024047

Editor: Robert C. Fleischer, Smithsonian Institution National Zoological Park, United States of America

Received: January 27, 2011; Accepted: August 4, 2011; Published: September 14, 2011

Copyright: © 2011 Charlton-Robb et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Funding: The research was supported by The Australian Research Council via its Special Research Centre program. The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 02:05 PM
reply to post by jjjtir

Dam.. where did you get this stuff at?

Or rather.. how did you know even where to get this stuff at.

You must be in the know in this field?

Thank you!

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 03:50 PM

This is great news! I love dolphins

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 03:51 PM
Drudge and GLP had this story a day or two ago. Not that I am implying this is a bad story. I'm curious how many new species of mamals they've found in the last decade. They found that prehistoric shark off the coast of Japan within the last decade. This thing looks like a damn dinosaur.

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 04:15 PM
Joyous, happy, and exciting news! This is the kind of thing I like to hear

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 05:50 PM
reply to post by Sahabi

Beleive it or not.... responses like yours is what makes it a pleasure to be
a threader.....

I am glad you like. Be sure to check out some of my others threads about finds... (I like them as well).

Got two on frogs/toads..... cool as heck.

Here is the link for the toad find but for some reason... the darn picture isn't there. There is also a picture of the Blue Frog. You'll like I am sure.

1st Ever Picture of Rainbow Toad, Found After 87 Years

(must be something wrong with ATS media. Be having problems all day)

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 07:27 PM
Dolphins are jerks!

No but really, all jokes aside. Cool I suppose. Its amazing how many species of animal, insects, mammals have not been discovered yet.

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 07:47 PM
oh no... they're evolving... it's only a matter of time before they take over the world! i still maintain that this is what the mayans predicted the apolcalypse to be

i always love a new discovery. thanks for the info! s+f

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 07:55 PM
Thanks for this information!

This should be proof to everyone who thinks that they know everything there is to know about what's in space. We don't even know what we have here on Earth!

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 08:02 PM
Really now...? Sounds like the work of a certain philosophical object.

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 08:04 PM
Holy Cow! That rainbow frog is awesome. I want one!

The link in your other thread works, but it appears that you removed the said picture from "My ATS Media" 'cuz there's just a red x where the picture would be. Unless the link for your photos are broken.

Great thread, love this stuff. Love ATS.


posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 08:15 PM
lol it's finds like this that also keep me active perusing the Cryptozoology part of the forum. I keep hoping we will find dinosaurs in the ocean. I don't think my hope is too farfetched. There was one account of a sighting sometime during WWII that looks somewhat credible and gives me hope we will discover the Nessie type of dinosaurs at least survived into modern times, even if they have indeed gone extinct by now.

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 09:31 PM
Wow. I live in Gippsland; this is dope, I'm going fishing one day soon, will keep my eyes peeled

posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 11:50 PM

Originally posted by anon72

Victorian researchers have discovered a new species ...

Its a bit misleading, I think.
Its not really a "discovery", more of a "reclassification".

The dolphins are already discovered and well known, its just that now they wish to call them (a particular group of 100) by a new name.

posted on Sep, 16 2011 @ 08:53 AM
reply to post by alfa1

Hmm, interesting.

Not being funny here. How about writing to them and saying that. I would be interested in what they respond.

I see what you are saying but I don't know enough about classifing new spieces etc to make that call. I would get eaten up in any debate on it.

Why would they call it a new one when the scientic community would/should jump them about it?


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