2nd Trip of 2017

Trip 2017-02:  May 23 — May 31 Though our second trip of the season began with a day of stormy weather, the wind soon died down and before long we were heading south to Bimini!  Five great interns joined us for the trip, and everyone enjoyed stopping at Hens and Chicks

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It’s Summer!

  The 2015 field season is already here, where did winter go?! We are eagerly waiting to get to the Bahamas and catch up with some familiar friends like BigGash, Mugsy, and Nassau. Unfortunately, our first trip was cancelled due to Tropical Storm Ana, which produced large swells in the

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Life in a Dolphin Pod: Male Social Structure

Life in a Dolphin Pod Part 1: Male Social Structure An exhale, a few black fins slicing through the surface, maybe a leap, and then they disappear. Most people only ever see dolphins from the surface, a glimpse from the beach or while on a boat. But that is only the beginning,

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Wild Dolphin Project: Off the Florida Coast

April 17, 2014 Article by: Bethany Augliere   In addition to our work in the Bahamas the Wild Dolphin Project has a US permit that allows us to do basic photo-ID work with dolphins off the coast of South Florida. Despite several attempts to survey offshore of this winter, wind

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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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Wild Dolphin Project: Winter in the Bahamas

The Wild Dolphin Project recently took a trip to the Bahamas to see what the dolphins were up to this winter! Winter trips are historically challenging due to cooler north winds causing giant swells in the Gulf Stream. However, with a more flexible schedule we were able to wait it

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Nassau the “Afghan Girl” Dolphin

During the summer of 2013 award-winning photographer Brian Skerry joined the Wild Dolphin Project to photograph Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) for an article by National Geographic Magazine on dolphin intelligence.   In particular, Brian wanted to photograph an adult female dolphin named Nassau. Nassau was on the September 1992

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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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FIELD NOTES – SUMMER 2012

BLOG 2012  Dr. Denise Herzing, Summer 2012 May 2012   Trip 1 – We are back in the Bahamas for our 28th field season study the Atlantic spotted dolphins. First encounter with two mother/calf pairs, Venus/Val and Naia/Nematocyst.  Venus is looking pregnant as she swims along side her 2-year old,

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