Scientists made an unexpected discovery in the waters south of New Guinea in 2005: a new species of dolphin called the snub-fin.
Originally thought to be a member of the Irrawaddy dolphins, researchers later determined that snub-fins are their own species, with a different coloration, skull shape, and fin and flipper measurements. (Also read about a snub-nosed monkey that was found and eaten in Myanmar.)
The snub-fin was the first new dolphin species found anywhere in at least three decades. (Related pictures: "Few Remaining River Dolphins Indicators of River, Human Health.")
Published June 27, 2011