Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin

Nominated by: Sailors for the Sea

Conservation status: Near Threatened

Why do you love it? At Sailors for the Sea love the Indo-Pacific dolphin for its brazen pink colouration, relaxed slow swimming speeds (much like a sailboat) and the reminder that there are so many amazing and different creatures in the ocean that need our protection. To truly protect this species we need to look at the way its entire ecosystem is managed to create lasting change.

What are the threats to the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin: The Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin is threatened by boat and ship strikes – they are slow swimmers, which makes it hard for them to get out of the way – and entanglement in nets including fishing nets and anti-shark nets. Pollution and habitat loss also affect this species because it likes to live where freshwater and the ocean meet, a very popular place for human activity.

As this species has an extremely large range, which stretches from Cape Town, South Africa up into the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, all along the coast of India, down to the Philippines up into China and even as far south as Northern Australia, it is extremely difficult to study and therefore protects. Scientists are currently attempting to study their DNA to get a better understanding if this species is all one or made up of many different segments.

What are you doing to save it? The charismatic pink dolphin was featured in our Ocean Watch magazine, taking an in depth look at the challenges of listing this species on the Endangered Species Act and why conservation methods may be dependent on ecosystem base management.

Knowledge is power, and the more people that understand the challenges this species faces and the more public attention drawn to the species the more likely it will be protected further!

Read Sailors for the Sea’s article about the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin

Discover more oceanic dolphin species on Arkive