New dolphin species, Melbourne Australia (credit: Monash University)
It is not often that a new species of large mammal is discovered anywhere, particularly one as large as a dolphin. More amazing is that the discovery of the rare marine mammals was found "in plain sight" near a major metropolitan area. The discovery occurred in the harbors adjacent to Melbourne, Australia. The new dolphin species was announced by researchers in the online journal, Plos-One,
Kate Charlton-Robb of Monash University in Melbourne, (credit: the BBC)
In the announcement from Australia's Monash University,
"this is an incredibly fascinating discovery as there have only been three new dolphin species formally described and recognized since the late 1800s".
Conservation plans to protect this super-rare, new dolphin species have been developed. How cool is this!