Exploring Dolphin Mythology Across Cultures

With their complex communication and obvious intelligence, dolphins have captivated the mind of Wild Dolphin Project scientists for 40 years. But, we aren’t alone — it’s been going on for centuries. In both modern and ancient times, stories depict dolphins as playful creatures with a strong bond to humans, often

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Discovering Dolphin Anatomy: Dolphins’ Unique Adapations

It’s no secret that at the Wild Dolphin Project, we find dolphins endlessly fascinating. After all, we have been studying them for 40 years! What makes the so interesting? Well, they have unique anatomy designed for a life beneath the waves, from their sleek bodies to sensory superpowers. Read on

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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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Fun in the Sun at Turtle Fest 2024

Saturday was a beautiful day at Loggerhead Marinelife Center for the 19th annual Turtle Fest. Thousands attended the free family-friendly event. Turtle Fest focuses on promoting ocean conservation through educational interactive exhibits, music, art, shopping and games. Attendees strolled among booths filled with local artists and conservation groups. Guests were

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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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Dolphin Smarts. How Intelligent Are Dolphins?

Are dolphins smart? It’s a question we hear often. But what does it mean to be intelligent, and how can we measure sure it? Understanding animal cognition — the mental abilities of non-human animals – is a broad and complicated field. Generally, intelligence can be defined ability to learn and

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Amazing Whale and Dolphin Record Breakers

What’s the largest dolphin in the world? How about the smallest? What whale can hold it’s breath the longest. Read on to find out! Whales, dolphins and porpoises make up a specific group of marine mammals called Cetaceans, and there are around 90 species. The word cetacean comes from the Latin

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Dr. Cindy Elliser Returns!

This summer we had Dr. Cindy Elliser return to the R/V Stenella after 13 years away. For those of you who don’t know Cindy, she was with us at Wild Dolphin Project for 10 years as a research assistant as well as both a master’s student and doctoral student at

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Research update

Why is everyone suddenly trying to decode animal communication?  You may have seen the headlines “Machine learning attempts to decode sperm whales” and “The animals are talking. What does it mean?”.  Why now?  And how? The answer is really pretty simple. Suddenly we have new and powerful computer tools, machine

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