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Tue, Sep-22-2015 00:59:55

Rare and mysterious snubfin dolphin

The snubfin dolphin resides off Australia’s north coast, but the mysterious mammal that always looks as though it’s smiling is rarely seen or photographed. But this past week, Emma Schmidt, a ranger with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, encountered one the smiling snubfins off Hinchinbrook Island, and said it was “pure luck” to have captured an image before the shy critter vanished. Snubfin dolphins are highly social and usually travel in groups of 50 to 100, but they’re a vulnerable, near-threatened species, thanks largely to degradation of habitat caused by coastal construction projects. The cetaceans are unique in appearance, with their melon-shaped heads and short, stout bodies, but also in the manner by which they hunt.