‘Spitting’ Dolphin May Be Endangered, Says WWF

April 15, 2009

Australia (ChattahBox) – According to a report released by the World Wildlife Fund, a species of dolphin found off the Australian coast uses jets of water to hunt it’s prey.

The species, known as the snubfin dolphin, travels in packs, spitting water to push smaller fish up to the surface of the water where they are more vulnerable.

Living on the Kimberly Coast, there is fear that the dolphins will be unable to cope with town development that is scheduled to occur in the area. It is for this reason that the WWF is seeking immediate protection and research in the area, after it became clear that the already rare species could die out quickly in such conditions.

“There are already development proposals, like the extension of the Townsville port, that could have major impacts on these species,” Lydia Gibson, WWF’s Australian marine and coasts manager, explained.


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