In 2005 a new species of dolphin was found in Australian waters, the Australian snubfin dolphin. The discovery of a new mammal is extremely rare. Until recently the snubfin dolphin was thought to be an Irrawaddy dolphin, which is found in coastal areas and major rivers of south-east Asia, and is in serious decline.
The snubfin dolphin is Australia’s only endemic dolphin, meaning it is unique to northern Australia. Coastal and river dolphins are among the most threatened species of mammal in the world.
Interestingly, the snubfin has a unique way of attacking prey...by spitting water at it.
To find out more click here to listen to the interview with WWF's Lydia Gibson, their Tropical Marine Species Manager.
Please visit https://secure.wwf.org.au/act/donate/snubfin/ to find out how ways to support WWF and the Snubfin dolphin.