"Gift giving" by wild bottle-nose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) to humans at a wild dolphin provisioning program, Tangalooma, Australia
| Contributor(s):: Holmes, B. J., Neil, D. T.
Since 1992, wild dolphin provisioning has occurred on a nightly basis at Tangalooma, a resort located on Moreton Island, Australia. Each evening at dusk up to 12 bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) are provided with fish in a regulated provisioning program. Since July 1998, biologists managing...
'Animal Ethics Dilemma': an interactive learning tool for university and professional training
| Contributor(s):: Hanlon, A. J., Algers, A., Dich, T., Hansen, T., Loor, H., Sandoe, P.
'Animal Ethics Dilemma' is a freely available computer-supported learning tool (www.animalethicsdilemma.net or www.aedilemma.net) which has been developed primarily for veterinary undergraduates but is applicable also to students in other fields of animal science. The objectives of the computer...
May 20 2016
47th Annual International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine Conference
A preliminary investigation of the effect of repeated pedestrian approaches to Weddell seals ( Leptonychotes weddellii )
| Contributor(s):: Petel, T. van P., Giese, M., Hindell, M.
Repeated exposure to human activity can change the behavioural response of wildlife, having implications for management. Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) breeding close to Antarctic research stations are easily accessible and regularly visited by people. To investigate the responses of...
A veterinary and behavioral analysis of dolphin killing methods currently used in the "drive hunt" in Taiji, Japan
| Contributor(s):: Butterworth, A., Brakes, P., Vail, C. S., Reiss, D.
Annually in Japanese waters, small cetaceans are killed in "drive hunts" with quotas set by the government of Japan. The Taiji Fishing Cooperative in Japan has published the details of a new killing method that involves cutting (transecting) the spinal cord and purports to reduce time to death....
Activity Budgets of Captive Cape Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus) Under a Training Regime
| Contributor(s):: Wierucka, Kaja, Siemianowska, Sonia, Woźniak, Marta, Jasnosz, Katarzyna, Kieliszczyk, Magdalena, Kozak, Paulina, Sergiel, Agnieszka
Ethograms and time budgets are crucial for the behavioral assessment of nonhuman animals in zoos, and they serve as references for welfare research. This study was conducted to obtain detailed time budgets of trained Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus) in captivity, to evaluate variations of...
An empirical case study examining effectiveness of environmental enrichment in two captive Australian Sea Lions ( Neophoca cinerea )
| Contributor(s):: Smith, B. P., Litchfield, C. A.
This case study examined the effect of environmental enrichment on the activity budgets of a male and female Australian Sea Lion (Neophoca cinerea) housed together at Adelaide Zoo. Using non-food-related (intrinsic) and food-related (extrinsic) enrichment objects, the study conducted an ABABA...
An underwater wearable computer for two way human-dolphin communication experimentation
| Contributor(s):: Daniel Kohlsdorf, Scott Gilliland, Peter Presti, Thad Starner, Denise Herzing
Research in dolphin cognition and communication in the wild is still a challenging task for marine biologists. Most problems arise from the uncontrolled nature of field studies and the challenges of building suitable underwater research equipment. We present a novel underwater wearable computer...
Animal assisted therapy Part 1: Physical therapy and rehabilitation
| Contributor(s):: Reynolds, A.
Applying welfare science to bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
| Contributor(s):: Clegg, I. L. K., Van Elk, C. E., Delfour, F.
Are animals capable of deception or empathy? Implications for animal consciousness and animal welfare
| Contributor(s):: Kuczaj, S., Tranel, K., Trone, M., Hill, H.
Audrey Schwartz Rivers
AVMA hosts a whale of a welfare forum
| Contributor(s):: Monti, D. J., Wollrab, T. I.
Awareness of whale conservation status and whaling policy in the US - a preliminary study on American youth
| Contributor(s):: Parsons, E. C. M., Rice, J. P., Sadeghi, L.
In 2008, a preliminary study was conducted to provide information on awareness of cetacean (whale, dolphin and porpoise) conservation issues and the US government's policy on whaling, in a test group of US university students (n=230). When given a list of whale species, 39% of the participants...
Behavior of a solitary sociable female bottlenose dolphin ( Tursiops truncatus ) off the coast of Kent, southeast England
| Contributor(s):: Eisfeld, S. M., Simmonds, M. P., Stansfield, L. R.
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...
Behavior of dolphins towards adults and children during swim-with-dolphin programs and towards children with disabilities during therapy sessions
| Contributor(s):: Brensing, K., Linke, K.
In recent years, dolphin-assisted therapy has become very popular and an increasing number of facilities worldwide offer therapy programs with dolphins. In contrast to other animal-assisted therapy programs, dolphins are not domestic animals; they are mostly caught in the wild and there are still...
Behavioural responses of Argentine coastal dusky dolphins Lagenorhynchus obscurus to a biopsy pole system
| Contributor(s):: Loizaga de Castro, R., Hoelzel, A. R., Crespo, E. A.
Behavioural responses of captive common dolphins Delphinus delphis to a 'Swim-with-Dolphin' programme
| Contributor(s):: Kyngdon, D. J., Minot, E. O., Stafford, K. J.
We monitored the effects of a `Swim-with-Dolphin' (SWD) programme on the behaviour of three female common dolphins. They were studied from January 1999 to July 1999 at Marineland, Napier, New Zealand. Before, during and after SWD sessions we recorded: (1) the use of a refuge area, (2) the...
Behavioural responses of juvenile steller sea lions to abdominal surgery: developing an assessment of post-operative pain
| Contributor(s):: Walker, K. A., Horning, M., Mellish, J. A. E., Weary, D. M.
Marking and tracking of marine mammals is required to gain a better understanding of life history traits; however, some marking procedures used are likely painful. Recent technological advances include intra-abdominally implanted archival telemetry devices for the life-long monitoring of...
Behavioural responses of juvenile Steller sea lions to hot-iron branding
| Contributor(s):: Walker, K. A., Mellish, J. A. E., Weary, D. M.
Here we present the first data showing the post-branding behavioural responses in a marine mammal. Eleven captive juvenile Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) were observed for 3 days before and 3 days after hot-iron branding. Four of six monitored behaviours changed significantly after...