New dolphin species discovered

by KelsiDayle on Oct. 13th, 2011

Science can tell us a lot about super neat microscopic things like viruses that infect bacteria and proteins that contract our muscles, so it's surprising when something as big as a whole new dolphin species off the coast of a major metropolitan area (Melbourne, Australia) has escaped discovery until now.

To be fair, the new Burrunan species is closely related to the two other species of bottlenose dolphins. Scientists were able to tell them apart by their DNA, unique skull structure, and visual appearance. The Burrunan dolphins have a "curved dorsal fin, a stubbier beak, and a unique 'tricoloration'—including dark gray, mid-gray, and white."

Read the whole National Geographic article here.

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