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Dolphin Societies Are Impacted By Human Fishing

Post  DHF on Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:49 pm

Moreton Bay is a small patch of ocean bounded by Queensland, Australia, on the west and on the east by Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. The bay is home, by various estimates, to between six hundred and eight hundred Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus).

A study conducted in the late 1990s found that the dolphins of Moreton Bay generally clustered into two social groups that were defined by the ways in which they interacted with commercial prawn trawlers.

The “trawler” community was often seen following the trawlers, chowing down on discarded by-catch, while the “nontrawler” community consisted of the dolphins that foraged in other ways.

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