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Rare Lahille’s bottlenose dolphins could be two distinct populations

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Lahille’s bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus gephyreus) is a recently recognised sub-species of the iconic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Found in the coastal waters of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, they are thought to number less than 600 individuals. Having such a small endemic population makes them vulnerable to extinction with the major threats to their continued survival being entanglement in fishing gear. While protections have been brought in to areas like the Platos lagoon estuary in Brazil, they have been shown to be progressively disappearing from the provincial coast of Buenos Aires and northern Patagonia (Argentina) over the past decades.

Discovery without Destruction: a minimally invasive approach to new species

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A new study by Ziegler and Sargony (2021) has demonstrated how non-invasive methods can be used to record and catalogue new species of megafauna. Traditional methods including collecting specimens to handle physically which, aside from killing the specimen, can also damage the structures of the organism - impairing proper scientific understanding. While non-destructive imaging techniques have proven effective in describing novel species of small organisms this is the first time it has be utilised for a deep-sea megafauna, the cirrate octopus - Grimpoteuthis imperator.

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This Week In Research (24th – 30th May, 2021)

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Below you can find this week's research papers on marine science, you can browse or search for keywords to find papers you are interested in. Additionally, you can look at which journals produce the majority of papers that want access to and use this to help you judge which ones are worth signing up for.

This Week In Research (17th – 23rd May, 2021)

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Below is a wide selection of marine science papers from a single week. I have attempted to arrange these by topic though in the process I have found that many papers straddle interest areas. You can browse through these looking for articles of interest or search for keywords.

The Clownfish Herald

Canadian Sealers barred from clubbing – “NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO ENTRY” say polar bear bouncers

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The Canadian seal hunting season came to an abrupt end when fishermen were faced with a firm refusal of entry by stern polar bears. “I couldn’t believe my ears!” Canadian fisherman, Linden told us. “I was getting ready to jump on the ice with my trusty hakapik when a polar bear held up his hand to stop me.”

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