Dolphin Discoveries: New Calves & Male Aggression

During Trip 2, we made some fascinating findings and witnessed exciting behavior, including sharks and aggressive males. Read on to learn more! Little Bahama Bank Amanda, an adult female Atlantic spotted dolphin, has a new female calf. (Amanda is a particularly special dolphin, read our blog just about her). We

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40 years in the Field: First Trip of 2024 

We’ve concluded our first two dolphin trips in the Bahamas of the 2024 field season. Here is a recap of Trip 1 by our research director and founder, Denise Herzing, Ph.D., and research assistant Hayley Knapp. Summary of Trip 1 by Denise Herzing Although May is not always a good

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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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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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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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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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Hunting

The Wild Dolphin Project was started by Dr. Denise Herzing back in 1985. Since then Dr. Herzing, along with her colleagues and graduate students, put out multiple peer reviewed research papers on the behavior, acoustics, and ecology of the two species we study in the Bahamas. Over the years she

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Bubbles

The Wild Dolphin Project was started by Dr. Denise Herzing back in 1985. Since then Dr. Herzing, along with her colleagues and graduate students, put out multiple peer reviewed research papers on the behavior, acoustics, and ecology of the two species we study in the Bahamas. Over the years she

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Bottom Behavior

Be sure to check out all of the blogs in this rare behavior series (Can anyone hear me, Pesky Remoras, Bottom Behavior, Bubbles, Synchrony).The dolphins that we study in the Bahamas are often observed over sandy stretches of habitat.  Over the decades we have observed some rare behavior and use

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Sometimes Fish are Toys, Not Food

Brittini A. Hill Dolphins will play with just about anything they can find. You may have seen pictures of the spotted dolphins playing with sargassum, scarves, sea cucumbers, or even plastic. On our last trip to the Bahamas, we came across four dolphins playing with something we don’t see quite

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