National Wildlife Day!

It’s National Wildlife Day and to celebrate, we’re sharing wildlife photos from our study site in the Bahamas and around South Florida. This day has been celebrated on September 4, since 2005 “to bring awareness to the number of endangered animals nationally, as well as globally, that need to be

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Meet Our New Team Member!

Over the years, many budding biologists have gained research experience and training as graduate students working with Dr. Denise Herzing, the Wild Dolphin Project’s founder and director. For instance, Dr. Cindy Elliser was a PhD student with Denise and is now the research director at Pacific Mammal Research, a scientific

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Meet Amanda, She’s One of a Kind.

  In 1985, Denise Herzing founded The Wild Dolphin Project to study a community of wild Atlantic spotted dolphins in the Bahamas. That’s a long time to study one group of animals, which means that since time, Denise and other staff members, graduate students, colleagues, interns, and participants with the

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Florida Work Day 9-19-2018

The Bahamas summer field season has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean our days on the water are over. We also conduct surveys along part of our Florida coast under an NMFS permit. On Wednesday last week we took advantage of the calm, glassy waters and went searching

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2018 Field Season: Trip 7

By Liah McPherson   Trip 7 of our field season began with a great encounter with moms and calves on our first day! We had just cleared customs and were heading to anchorage when spotted dolphins came leaping to the bow of the RV Stenella. The group consisted of Naia,

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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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Can you hear me now?

Watch the deployment on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IWNKRhyO5GI Researchers all over the world have turned to Passive Acoustic Monitoring (P.A.M.) as a technique to record underwater audio signals from marine mammals.  PAM systems are typically deployed and sit on the bottom or hang in the water column attached to the bottom at various

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7th Trip of 2016

Trip 7 Blog – by Alyson Myers PhD Candidate, Florida Atlantic University   We had a mild crossing to West End, Grand Bahama and anchored at Sandy Cay for the night. Early the next day we ran into a lively group of bottlenose dolphins crater feeding. A large nurse shark

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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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