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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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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Meet the team: Board Member Edition

Meet the team: Board Member Edition Ruth Petzold always loved the ocean. She grew up in Michigan, but spent her summers in New Hampshire, snorkeling and searching in tidal pools for clams, snails and sea stars. She even collected critters from the beach and sneaked them back to her grandfather’s

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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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Can Anyone Hear Me?

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

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2021 Field Season Summary

Following an almost non-existent 2020 field season due to COVID-19, we were anxious to start this year.  We did not have a full 2021 field season however, because every season has its bumps. But we did gather basic life history information and we saw plenty of dolphins!  We saw a

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Sharks? Boats? possibly Orcas?

This summer we observed many dolphins in our population with wounds. We try to keep track of scars and wounds because they can be used as identifiers throughout a dolphin’s life.  Usually a few dolphins each summer receive a new nick or scratch, but this summer we had at least

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New Research: Spotted Dolphins Riskier When Fighting Other Species

Despite their friendly appearance, dolphins aren’t just cute and cuddly. They are wild animals that engage in aggressive behaviors, just like any other animal. Since 1985, we’ve observed the interactions between two species of dolphins who share the waters of the Bahamas Banks, the spotteds (Stenella frontalis) and bottlenose (Tursiops

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