Dolphin Research Over 40 years

The Wild Dolphin Project, founded by Denise Herzing, Ph.D., studies the behavior and communication of two species of dolphins in the Bahamas. Since 1985, we have made discoveries about their social relationships, feeding behavior, communication, movement patterns, genetics, life history and more. To do our work, we spend months in

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Life on the Sandbank

When it comes to living at sea for dolphin research, there’s so much more than just being in the water with dolphins. We live at sea and experience everything that comes with that — from the intense sun and heat, severe weather events, beautiful sunsets, wildlife encounters and more. In

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Dolphin Research: Studying Family Trees

At the Wild Dolphin Project, we track individual animals throughout their entire lives and their family trees — who is related to who. Knowing how animals are animals are related allows us to understand more about their social structure, behavior, communication and more. On addition to our formal database, on

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2023 Trip 7

Trip 7: the final trip of the 2023 season! We were thrilled to be back out in the Bahamas for the last trip of the summer, and even more excited to have our colleague Dr. Cindy Elliser of PacMam joining us! It has been over 10 years since she’s been

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2023 Trips 1 & 2 blog

  The 2023 season is underway! With two trips complete, we’re off to the Bahamas again soon. But here’s an update on the beginning of our summer.    Trip 1 The first trip of the season is always exciting.  And this year was no different.  As soon as we left

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Dolphin Communication

We know animals communicate, but do they have language?  Dr. Denise Herzing, research director of Wild Dolphin Project, founded the scientific nonprofit  in 1985 to learn more about the communication and behavior of wild dolphins. She’s an expert at understanding their sounds. Denise has given countless presentations on the subject,

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Who is Toki?

On March 30, 2023, the Miami Seaquarium, which recently came under the management ofThe Dolphin Company, entered into an agreement with Friends of Lolita, a non–profit organization to return Lolita, a killer whale, to an ocean sanctuary, according to a press release.  Every major news outlet as covered the story from the New

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6 Awesome Facts About Spotted Dolphins in the Bahamas

Denise Herzing, Ph.D., founder and director of the Wild Dolphin Project, has been studying Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) in the Bahamas since 1985. Since that time, she’s learned a lot about their social behavior, communication, feeding behavior, ecology, and social structure. Dolphins are mammals, which means they breathe air

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Save the Dolphins: Looking Ahead to 2023

It’s almost the end of another year. Goodbye 2022. But, as we look to the new year, we want to be inspired about the ways we can help save wild dolphins and other marine mammals. We know the whales, dolphins, manatees, and polar bears are in trouble. Manatees are dying

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Climate Change and the Bahamas

“It’s difficult to imagine how these shallow water environments will continue to sustain many top predators in the future — not with many more storms at that intensity,” said Diane Claridge, Ph.D., executive director of Bahamas Marine Mammal Organization (BMMO). With sprawling seagrass meadows, meandering mangroves that hug the shoreline, and

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