WEEDING - see this Hector’s dolphin carrying a piece of seaweed with its dorsal fin? This behaviour is known as “weeding” and it’s classified among the “play” behaviours. NZ dolphins often play with bits of seaweed, leaves, sticks and other flotsam. They will carry it for a few seconds until it falls off or until another dolphin “steals” it. These games are usually short, but are very common. Dolphins apparently do many things JUST FOR FUN! 🐬 Photo by Lindsay Wickman .

ONLY 5 MORE DAYS BEFORE WE ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF OUR BOOK GIVE AWAY! See our Instagram page @nzwhaledolphin for instructions to participate.
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Look who we ran into today! The one and only "Mouthy"! the world's only mouth breather dolphin!!! We get very excited every time we see her (we believe it's a female) as it is a very special individual! it is the only dolphin in the world that is unable to open its blowhole when at the surface to breathe, so instead it sucks in air through its mouth! that's why we have named her "Mouthy". We have seen her since 2014! Photos by Lindsay Wickman.

You can download our paper on this case at onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mms.12349/full

www.hakaimagazine.com/news/scientists-discover-mouth-breathing-dolphin/
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Some girls want to become a princess when they grow up, others want to become a scientist!

Happy international day for women and girls in science! Keep up the amazing work!

Here are some photos of the women in our team that come from different parts of the world to conduct amazing science and contribute to the conservation of whales and dolphins in New Zealand!

#womeninscience #femalescientists #womenpower
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