Something happened to dolphins. Then it happened to humans. Both creatures had good-sized brains when, for reasons no one truly understands, dolphin brains suddenly got larger and larger, until — 15 million years ago — they stopped growing. Two million years ago it was our turn. Our brains went from the size of an orange to the size of a cantaloupe. Why the start? Why the stop? Who's next?
A virus has been killing bottlenose dolphins off the East Coast, and it seems to be spreading south toward Florida. Marjorie Mooney-Seus, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, explains what we know about this disease and how it’s affecting ocean life.
More than 70 dolphins have washed up dead on New Jersey beaches. Most are bottlenose dolphins, the mammals that star in movies and aquarium shows.
Dolphins are dying or being stranded in high numbers this summer along the mid-Atlantic coast, and New Jersey is seeing particularly high rates. Mendy Garron, the Northeast regional stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains what could be killing the dolphins and what it means for humans.
India has just banned dolphin entertainment parks. They are "morally unacceptable," says a government ministry. Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, the U.S. Navy announced that 24 dolphins trained to sniff for underwater mines will be replaced by robots.
(New York, NY - WNYC) Many of the thousands of half-human / half-mythical / one-quarter-clad creatures marching in Saturday's 30th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade will arrive not by dolphin or clamshell but by subway.
Coney Island-Stilwell Avenue is the last stop of the D, F and N lines, and one of several beachside stops on the Q.
A pleasure of the festivities is to watch summertime's version of a Halloween-themed perp-walk pour off the trains and make its flesh-flaunting way to the boardwalk. And before that, as the trains ply the rails toward la playa, straphangers see some of the year's most arresting scenes in public transport.
The New York Transportation Authority knows it and has decided to show it off with a fabulous Flickr page. It's here. Enjoy.