Release the Kraken! A Conservation Win.

Story and Photographs by Bethany Augliere With several hundred onlookers cheering for her, Kraken — a 200 pound loggerhead sea turtle — returned to the ocean after months in human care. Last June, Kraken was taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida. She had been struck by

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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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Too little too late: A requiem for the vaquita

By: Annie Roth A costly and controversial conservation project to protect the world’s most endangered marine mammal was shut down on November 10, extinguishing all hope for the continued survival of the species. The project, known as Vaquita CPR, attempted to save the vaquita, a pint-sized species of porpoise, from

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Hurricane Irma

After finishing our last trip on September 4, we hit the dock running as we prepared for Hurricane Irma which seemed to be heading our way.  Hurricanes are planned stress.  You see them coming for a long time, so preparation happens in stages of need.  The first thing we did

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9th trip of 2017

Last trip of 2017 –Bethany Augliere Where did the summer go? The field season always seems to fly by, and this summer was no different. Our last trip went well, with great weather and several spotted dolphin encounters. All week long, we celebrated the birthday of our founder and research

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8th Trip of 2017

Trip 8 (August 15th – August 23rd)  Well, it’s mid-August and the water is about 88 degrees F, a typical summer day in the Bahamas.  It’s a reunion trip with previous Board members onboard, and a special guest, Carl Safina.  Well known for his writing and animal advocacy, Carl came

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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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7th Trip of 2017

Trip #2017-07 (August 1st – August 9th) For the first part of Trip 7,we spent our time surveying off of Grand Bahama Island, searching for the elusive southern cluster. While we didn’t find them, we did come across a group of feeding bottlenose dolphins. Sommer Kuhn, a graduate student with

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6th Trip of 2017

Trip 6:  July 18 — July 27 After enduring some rough weather earlier in the season, Trip 6 of our 2017 field season was a dream!  We ran into part of our Southern group near Grand Bahama- Naia was with her little calf Nala, accompanied by Venti, Flotsam and Vivid.  Down in Bimini

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5th Trip of 2017

Trip #5 (July 4th – July 13th) We spent most of our time in Bimini this trip, and lots of new calves and pregnant females are around these days.  It’s always critical to track individuals every season and this includes who is pregnant and who shows up with a calf. 

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