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  1. Non-parametric evaluation methods of the brain activity of a bottlenose dolphin during an assisted therapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Escobar, J. J. M., Matamoros, O. M., Villar, E. Y. A. del, Padilla, R. T., Reyes, I. L., Zambrano, B. E., Gomez, B. D. L., Morfin, V. H. C.

    Dolphin-Assisted Therapies (DAT) are alternative therapies aimed to reduce anxiety levels, stress relief and physical benefits. This paper is focused on measuring and analyzing dolphins brain activity when DAT is taking place in order to identify if there is any differences in female...

  2. People -- Marine Mammal Interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Andrew Butterworth (editor), Mark P. Simmonds (editor)

    Our relationships with marine mammals are complex. We have used them as resources, and in some places this remains the case; viewed them as competitors and culled them (again ongoing in some localities); been so captivated and intrigued by them that we have taken them into captivity for our...

  3. Third time's the charm or three strikes you're out? An updated review of the efficacy of dolphin-assisted therapy for autism and developmental disabilities

    | Contributor(s):: Marino, L., Lilienfeld, S. O.

  4. An Overview of Increasing Incidents of Bottlenose Dolphin Harassment in the Gulf of Mexico and Possible Solutions

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    | Contributor(s):: Courtney S. Vail

    The panhandle region of the Gulf of Mexico is known by scientists, regulatory agencies and conservation organizations as a “hotbed” area of dolphin harassment. Interactions between humans and wild dolphins routinely occur through close vessel approaches or through direct contact...

  5. Potential Welfare Impacts of Chase and Capture of Small Cetaceans during Drive Hunts in Japan

    | Contributor(s):: Vail, Courtney S., Reiss, Diana, Brakes, Philippa, Butterworth, Andrew

    Drive hunts are a method to herd, capture and kill small cetaceans (whales and dolphins) in coastal waters of some countries including Japan and the Faroe Islands. In Japan, these methods are often associated with the acquisition of live dolphins for international marine parks and aquaria. During...

  6. Epidemiology of tattoo skin disease in captive common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): Are males more vulnerable than females?

    | Contributor(s):: Bressem, Marie-Françoise Van, Waerebeek, Koen Van, Duignan, Pádraig J.

    Clinical and epidemiological features of tattoo skin disease (TSD) are reported for 257 common bottlenose dolphins held in 31 facilities in the Northern Hemisphere. Photographs and biological data of 146 females and 111 males were analyzed. Dolphins were classified into three age classes: 0–3...

  7. Effects of Enrichment Presentation and Other Factors on Behavioral Welfare of Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata)

    | Contributor(s):: Perez, Barbara C., Mehrkam, Lindsay R., Foltz, Amanda R., Dorey, Nicole R.

    Environmental enrichment is a crucial element of promoting welfare for animals in captivity. However, enrichment programs are not always formally evaluated for their efficacy. Furthermore, there is little empirical evidence of enrichment evaluation for species of small cetaceans in zoological...

  8. Dolphins in the Human Mind: What Characteristics Do German Students Attribute to Dolphins, Compared with Apes and Whales? An Exploratory Study

    | Contributor(s):: Stumpf, Eva

    Research on anthrozoology has greatly increased in recent decades, especially with regard to anthropomorphism and attitudes toward animals in general. Nevertheless, these studies have rarely distinguished between different nonhuman species. Previous studies have indicated human preferences for...

  9. Human–Dolphin Interactions: Relationships, Connections, and the Reinforcement of an Ongoing Nature Relationship

    | Contributor(s):: Yerbury, Rachel M., Boyd, William E.

    Although interactions between humans and wild animals have been explored in the literature, the mechanism for how such experiences influence wellbeing is an area needing further examination. This research used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to explore the narratives of wellbeing from...

  10. Looking forward to interacting with their caretakers: dolphins’ anticipatory behaviour indicates motivation to participate in specific events

    | Contributor(s):: Clegg, Isabella L. K., Rödel, Heiko G., Boivin, Xavier, Delfour, Fabienne

    Anticipatory behaviour describes the actions taken to prepare for an upcoming event. Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in captivity are known to display anticipatory behaviours before feeding sessions, but it is unknown whether they would anticipate non-alimentary events. Furthermore,...

  11. What Your Dog Can Teach You About Aliens | Arik Kershenbaum | TEDxCambridgeUniversity

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    | Contributor(s):: Arik Kershenbaum

    Animal communication on Earth shows us fundamental constraints on language that would also apply on any other planet. Dr Arik Kershenbaum is a zoologist at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Girton College. He researches animal communication, particularly in cooperative predators like...

  12. Secret Psychological Revelations of Dolphins in Captivity

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    | Contributor(s):: Haylee Elizabeth Hilton

    As with most things, the early years of Sea Animal training consisted of trials and errors, experimentations and false starts.  Again, as with most things, those early efforts were analyzed and the successful efforts were kept and incorporated into the regular training routines....

  13. Molecular Characterization of Pneumococcal Isolates from Pets and Laboratory Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Mark van der Linden, Adnan Al-Lahham, Werner Nicklas, Ralf René Reinert

    Background Between 1986 and 2008 Streptococcus pneumoniae was isolated from 41 pets/zoo animals (guinea pigs (n = 17), cats (n = 12), horses (n = 4), dogs (n = 3), dolphins (n = 2), rat (n = 2), gorilla (n = 1)) treated in medical veterinary laboratories and zoos, and 44 laboratory animals...

  14. Island Dolphin Care

    Provides unique, therapeutic, motivational and educational dolphin assisted therapy programs for children and adults with special needs and their families (and/or caregivers) through the use of innovative therapy techniques, which enables participants to discover and achieve desired goals,...

  15. イルカ介在療法のこれまでとこれから

    | Contributor(s):: Maya Kadota, Tadamichi Morisaka, Kazunobu Furuta, Naoki Kamezaki, Dai Oya

    動物は,人の生活のいたるところに存在して いる。歴史的にもその関係は非常に深く,紀元 前一万年前の旧石器時代に描かれたというスペ イン,アルタミラ洞窟の野牛,馬,トナカイな どの壁画などからうかがい知れる。人にとって 動物は食べ物としての存在や生活を脅かす存在 であったが,歴史が進むにつれ,より多くの関 わりをもつようになる。信仰としての対象,愛 玩としての対象,家畜としての対象,生活を補 助する道具としての対象などである。

  16. How We Train Dolphins?

    | Contributor(s):: Meg Sawada

    Through the internship program at Dolphin Quest Oahu (DQO), not only I have learned how to train dolphins but also I have learned the importance caring for animals with respect. Respecting marine mammal and protecting their environment can lead to marine conservation. At Dolphin Quest, we educate...

  17. Comment diviniser son dauphin. Modèles de relation, régimes d'interactivité et savoirs anthropo-zoologiques.

    | Contributor(s):: Véronique Servais

    L'article propose de distinguer trois régimes d'interactivité selon le type d'engagement affectif de l'être humain dans sa relation avec un animal : savant, ordinaire et non-ordinaire. Les modalités de la communication inter-espèces qui...

  18. Healing dolphins? Cognitive and perceptual criticisms in Dolphin-Assisted Therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Cinzia Chiandetti

    Since the '70s new therapeutic practices have been developed, involving the interaction between humans and dolphins - Tursiops truncatus in particular. Such practices are known as Dolphin-Assisted Therapies (DAT), a specific case of a more heterogeneous set of experiences with cetaceans...

  19. Boat preference and stress behaviour of Hector's dolphin in response to tour boat interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Georgia-Rose Travis

    Dolphins are increasingly coming into contact with humans, particularly where tourism is involved. It has been assumed that such contact causes chronic stress on dolphin populations. This study examined relatively naive populations of Hector's dolphins and their interaction with various...

  20. Cortisol levels in dolphin Tursiops truncatus interactive programs linked to humanNiveles de cortisol en delfines Tursiops truncatus vinculados a programas interactivos con humanos

    | Contributor(s):: Sanchez Okrucky, R., Morales Vela, B.

    Understanding the physiological changes in animals during physical activity to improve animal welfare has become increasingly important in animal collections that remain under human care. To date, the effect of interactive programs on dolphins under human care has not been evaluated, for that...