2018 Field Season: Trip 6

By Cassie Volker   Unfortunately, the weather got the best of us this trip. We had mostly sunny skies during the days, but the wind was whipping like crazy! When we have high winds the water becomes too rough for us to work and we end up anchoring for cover.

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2018 Field Season: Trip 5

  By Liah McPherson   We began Trip 5 of our field season on the Little Bahama Bank, off Grand Bahama Island, retrieving the acoustic receivers that were deployed on Trip 3 and looking for the elusive spotted dolphins in that region.  (To learn more about these receivers check out

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Meet the Team: Research Assistant Cassie Volker

By Bethany Augliere     Cassie Volker spends her summer living on a boat in the Bahamas studying wild dolphins. But 10 years ago, she thought she’d be working as a pharmacist. Volker grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio playing soccer and taking frequent trips to the nearby zoo, which fostered

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What’s an S-posture and why do dolphins do it?

By Bethany Augliere Using visual signals, along with vocalizations, is one way whales and dolphins can communicate with one another. The S-posture is one such body signal, where the dolphin bends its body into an S shape. Generally, dolphins use this body posture in two specific social contexts: courtship and

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Cracking the Code

There has been recent media coverage about our work with our two-way interface between humans and dolphins (CHAT: Is it a Dolphin Translator or an Interface?).  But did you know that for the last 30 years Wild Dolphin Project has been working on cracking the code of the dolphins own

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CHAT: Is It A Dolphin Translator Or An Interface?

March 31 2014 article by Dr. Denise Herzing   CHAT:  Is It A Dolphin Translator Or An Interface?   I call it a human/dolphin interface or acoustic keyboard.  The word ‘translator” conjures up images of some magical device that somehow utilizes some universally discovered patterns and translates words to the

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Leaving Room for the Wild and Space for the Free – Dr. Denise L Herzing

  As I write this blog our field season has ended, but in Taiji, Japan the dolphin slaughter has once again begun.  The purposeful slaughter of dolphins is horrific.  The thought of families being killed, or witnessing their mothers and brothers being killed, is beyond belief.  Despite the decades of

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