Male dol­phins woo with sponges

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

the US was in Pia Gla­dys Perey.

Kylie said she man­aged to meet a few play­ers this year, nam­ing Gavrilova as her favourite.

“She’s gor­geous, al­ways laid back, a beau­ti­ful girl,” she said.

Dress­ing the girls for sev­eral balls has turned Kylie in to a ten­nis fan. UWA re­searchers last year dis­cov­ered ev­i­dence of male hump­back dol­phins pre­sent­ing fe­males with large marine sponges in an ef­fort to mate.

Sci­en­tists from UWA’S School of Bi­o­log­i­cal Sciences, the Univer­sity of Zurich and Mur­doch Univer­sity have spent a decade re­search­ing coastal dol­phins from north­west­ern Aus­tralia.

For the first time, they were able to doc­u­ment adult male Aus­tralian hump­back dol­phins pre­sent­ing large marine sponges to fe­males, as well as per­form­ing vis­ual and acous­tic dis­plays.

Their first ob­ser­va­tion was be­tween a male and fe­male dol­phin and her calf.

The male dol­phin dived down to re­move a large marine sponge fixed to the seafloor, bal­anced it on his beak and pushed it to­ward the fe­male.

Lead au­thor Si­mon Allen from UWA’S School of Bi­o­log­i­cal Sciences said the find­ings sug­gested a pre­vi­ously un­known level of so­cial com­plex­ity in hump­back dol­phins. stu­dio for the basketball court as part of his new role as gen­eral man­ager of the Cock­burn Basketball As­so­ci­a­tion.

The former 92.9 em­ployee re­signed from his role as morn­ing an­nouncer to take on the role va­cated by Graeme Pratt, who left the as­so­ci­a­tion to take up a gig at UWA as a club de­vel­op­ment man­ager.

The 26-year-old will be­gin his new role at the end of the month, with the in­ten­tion to di­rect the as­so­ci­a­tion to­wards a sus­tain­able and suc­cess­ful fu­ture.

“Basketball has al­ways been some­thing I’ve been a part of, I’ve just never made the jump full-time,” he said.

“The op­por­tu­nity to work at my home club was too good to pass up and de­spite be­ing dis­ap­pointed to leave ra­dio be­hind, I'm very ex­cited to get started at Cock­burn.”

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New Cock­burn Basketball As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral man­ager Tyrone Th­waites.

Early ar­rival: Brody Wiese with par­ents Kristal Twight and Rob Wiese.

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