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Behavior of a solitary sociable female bottlenose dolphin ( Tursiops truncatus ) off the coast of Kent, southeast England

By S. M. Eisfeld, M. P. Simmonds, L. R. Stansfield

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This article provides a report of the behavior of a solitary sociable dolphin studied on the southeast coast of England in 2007. This is the first study of its kind in which behavior of such a nonhuman animal was systematically studied. By the time of this study, this young female was highly interactive with people in the water. People accompanied the dolphin for 18.4% of the 100 hr of observation, and their presence changed her behavior. The study recorded 39 different behaviors; feeding and resting behaviors declined in frequency in the presence of people. In addition, the dolphin exhibited behavior possibly hazardous to people in the water, which included preventing swimmers from leaving the water. The dolphin received several wounds, at least one of which was life-threatening. This article discusses the welfare implications for such animals.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 31-45
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888700903369263
Language English
Author Address The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), Brookfield House, 38 St. Paul Street, Chippenham, Wltshire SN15 1LJ, UK.sonja.eisfeld@wdcs.org
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  1. Animal diseases
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animals
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Aquacultural and fisheries
  7. Aquatic organisms
  8. British Isles
  9. Commonwealth of Nations
  10. Developed countries
  11. Dolphins
  12. Europe
  13. Feeding
  14. Great Britain
  15. Hazards
  16. Mammals
  17. Marine animals
  18. Marine mammals
  19. OECD countries
  20. peer-reviewed
  21. reports
  22. United Kingdom
  23. vertebrates
  24. Whales
  25. Wounds and injuries
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