New Dolphin Species Discovered in Big City Harbor
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from National Geographic News
An entirely new species of dolphin has been discovered in Australia, and not in some isolated lagoon but in the shadows of skyscrapers, scientists say.
One of only three new dolphin species found since the 1800s, the Burrunan dolphin---named after an Aboriginal phrase that means "large sea fish of the porpoise kind"---is known from only two populations so far, both in the state of Victoria.
About a hundred Burrunan dolphins have been found in Port Phillip Bay near Melbourne, Australia's second most populous city. Another 50 are known to frequent the saltwater coastal lakes of the Gippsland region, a couple hundred miles or so away.