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  1. Yawn-like behavior in captive common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

    Contributor(s):: Enokizu, A., Morisaka, T., Murakami, K., Sakurai, N., Ueda, N., Yoshioka, M.

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. Human-Animal Communication in Captive Species: Dogs, Horses, and Whales

    Contributor(s):: Mackenzie K. Kelley

    My hopes for this project are to collect and analyze the current research in the field of animal communication. In the first part, my goal is to define animal communication, specifically within human contexts. I will look at how the history of humans and certain species have intertwined to result...

  5. Why we should not keep dolphins in aquariums: Taison Chang at TEDxXiguan

    Contributor(s):: Taison Chang

    Most people see the first dolphin in their lives at aquariums. Taison did too, and the love he felt towards this particular animal drove him into a position at Hong Kong Ocean Park many years later. Instead of feeling happy to be able to see and work with his favourite animals every day, he...

  6. Human dolphin interactions on the west coast of Florida : documentation from MML's Marine Mammal Response Program.

    Contributor(s):: Margaret A. Morgan, Geoffrey W. Patton

    Use of Mote's role as a participant in the operation of the U.S. Marine Mammal Stranding Network to document human and marine mammal interactions.

  7. Orca Behavior and Subsequent Aggression Associated with Oceanarium Confinement

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    | Contributor(s):: Robert Anderson, Robyn Waayers, Andrew Knight

    Based on neuroanatomical indices such as brain size and encephalization quotient, orcas are among the most intelligent animals on Earth. They display a range of complex behaviors indicative of social intelligence, but these are difficult to study in the open ocean where protective laws may...

  8. Is Dolphin-Watching Sustainable in Bocas del Toro, Panama

    | Contributor(s):: Ashley Sitar

    Due to concerns of unsustainable dolphin watching tourism in Bocas del Toro, and the increase in dolphin mortality in Bocas due to dolphin watching boat collisions research was conducted in the summer of 2013, to evaluate the severity of the situation, and to assess the tourists and boat...

  9. 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...

  10. Odessa Dolphin Therapy

    Odessa Entertaining and Health Complex “Nemo” provides a dolphin-assisted therapy for your child all year round.Dolphin-assisted therapy is recognized all around the world as non-specific method to boost protection strength of the body in different age, no matter do people suffer from...

  11. Examining specific aspects of human-dolphin interactions in a "swim-with-dolphins" program.

    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Lee O'Loughlin

    Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are actively receptive towards humans, and it has been suggested that they are one of the only known wild animals that will seek out human contact (Smith, 1987). The swim-with-dolphins program at Dolphins Plus Research Center allows authorized paying customers the...

  12. Sociocultural aspects of attitudes toward marine animals: a focus group analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Unna Lassiter, Jennifer R. Wolch

    In geographic research of the past decade, the understanding  of nature-society relations has broadened to include  ideas about our relationship with and attitudes toward  animals. In this study, we explore the relationship between  attitudes toward marine animals and...

  13. Conservation, Captivity, and Whaling: A Survey of Belize Whalewatching Tourists' Attitudes to Cetacean Conservation Issues

    | Contributor(s):: Katheryn W. Patterson

    With whalewatching activities and associated expenditures increasing annually,  governments in coastal countries possess a large vested interest in the continued growth  and protection of whale populations and the associated tourism. In 2007 and 2008, a  survey investigating...

  14. Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions Towards Dolphins and Dolphin Conservation

    | Contributor(s):: Whitney Denham

    In 2015, an online survey was conducted to investigate public attitudes toward key  cetacean (whale, dolphin, and porpoise) conservation and 'hot topic' issues such as  legislative protection, whaling, and captivity (n=858). Importance of the use of social  media by...

  15. Dusky dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) behavior and human interactions: implications for tourism and aquaculture

    | Contributor(s):: Nicholas Matthew Thomson Duprey

    Interactions between humans and dusky dolphins in the coastal waters of New Zealand are increasing. My research focused on tourism interactions, with Kaikoura as the study site; and, on habitat use in an active aquaculture area, with Admiralty Bay as the study site. In Kaikoura, companies engaged...

  16. Engaging professional mariners in marine mammal conservation

    | Contributor(s):: Leah Irene Thorpe

    Due to British Columbia‚Äüs expansive coastline and limited funding for marine mammal conservation, research projects rely heavily on citizen scientists, or volunteers who contribute data. Professional mariners are an important target audience for such projects. In an attempt to increase...

  17. Using Comparative Metagenomics to Determine the Role of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops Truncatus) as Sentinels for Human Respiratory Health

    | Contributor(s):: Sarah H. Stellick Seepaulsingh

    Cetaceans are proposed as sentinel species for assessing the health of marine ecosystems and human coastal populations. This relationship has been based on similarities in the bioaccumulation of pollutants by cetaceans and humans, as well as their susceptibility to infectious disease. Respiratory...

  18. Harbor seal behavioral response to boaters at Bair Island refuge

    | Contributor(s):: Kathlyn Snyder Fox

    Harbor seals (Phoca Vitulina Richardsi) that haul out on the banks of Corkscrew Slough within Bair Island Refuge, San Mateo County, California encounter a variety of boats along the waterway. This study documented numbers of seals and boats using Corkscrew Slough and examined...

  19. Developing a Catalog of Socio-Sexual Behaviors of Beluga Whales ( Delphinapterus leucas ) in the Care of Humans

    | Contributor(s):: Heather M Hill, Sarah Dietrich, Deirdre Yeater, Mariyah McKinnon, Malin Miller, Steve Aibel, Al Dove

    The repertoire of socio-sexual and sexual behaviors of cetaceans is relatively unknown. The purpose of the current study was to advance the existing knowledge of socio-sexual behavior of beluga whales through the development of a behavioral catalog that lists the full repertoire of sexual and...

  20. United States v. Hayashi: Taking Aim at the Marine Mammal Protection Act

    | Contributor(s):: Marc A. Yaggi

    The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) was enacted in 1972, in an effort to curb the increasing fatality rates of marine mammals that were caused, in part, by fishermen. Upon enacting the MMPA, Congress implemented a "taking" provision - the core provision - which prohibits the...