New Species of Bottlenose Dolphin Discovered

Mongabay reports that, remarkably, a new species of dolphin has been found in … Australia.

Apparently, there have only been three new dolphin species formally described and recognised since the late 1800s so this discovery is a major event. The newly identified dolphin has been named the Burrunan dolphin after “an Australian aboriginal name given to dolphins in the Boonwurrung, Woiwurrung and Taungurung languages, meaning ‘large sea fish of the porpoise kind.'”

Burrunan Dolphin (Tursiops australis)

Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis). Picture courtesy of Monash University.

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