Sustainable Whale-watching for the Philippines: A Bioeconomic Model of the Spinner Dolphin (Stenella Longirostris)
| Contributor(s):: Allison Jenny Santos
Whale-watching provides economic opportunities worldwide and particularly proliferates in developing countries, such as the Philippines. The sustainability of whale-watching is increasingly debated as these activities also negatively impact cetaceans through changes in behavior, communication,...
Yawn-like behavior in captive common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
| Contributor(s):: Enokizu, A., Morisaka, T., Murakami, K., Sakurai, N., Ueda, N., Yoshioka, M.
Yawning is an involuntary action that begins with a slow opening of the mouth with inhalation, followed by a maximum gaping phase, and ends with a short exhalation and the closing of the mouth. A wide variety of vertebrate species, including humans, yawn. Here, we report underwater...
Encounters with whales '93 : a conference to further explore the management isues relating to human/whale interactions
| Contributor(s):: Deb Postle, Mark Simmons
Within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park there has also been an increase over the past few years in the number of tourist operators applying for permits to run commercial whale watching activities. In the Whitsunday Islands region, which is already a heavily used recreational and commercial...
People -- Marine Mammal Interactions
| 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...
Performing Whale-Watching in Juneau, Alaska
| Contributor(s):: Chelsea Karthauser
Nature-based tourism activities provide special contexts for human-wildlife interaction. In Juneau, Alaska, summertime tourists seek encounters with humpback whales, hundreds of which feed seasonally in Southeast Alaska’s coastal waterways. Tourists support a thriving whale-watching...
All is Whale That Ends Whale? The Deficiencies in National Protection for Orca Whales in Captivity
| Contributor(s):: Hillary T. Wise
With the severity of our Earth’s climate change crisis, this article endeavors to underline the critical need for environmental reformation. It is no secret that orca whales epitomize miraculous intelligence, gentility, and strength. As overwhelming as this crisis might be, there are very...
Where Are Zoos Going—or Are They Gone?
| Contributor(s):: Safina, Carl
To some, zoos are prisons exploiting animals. In reality zoos range from bad to better. I make this distinction: A bad zoo makes animals work for it; a good zoo works for animals. Good zoos do effective conservation work and continually strive to improve exhibits, relevance to conservation, and...
Do bottlenose dolphins display behavioural response to fish taste?
| Contributor(s):: Bouchard, Bertrand, Lisney, Thomas J., Campagna, Sylvie, Célérier, Aurélie
The chemosensory abilities (i.e. taste, smell and trigeminal perception) of odontocete cetaceans are still widely unknown. However, a better understanding of their potential use of these senses would not only improve our knowledge of their behavioural ecology, but also allow us to develop...
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...
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...
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...
The One Who Got Away
| Contributor(s):: Sternberg, Mary
How do we say we are sorry: Singing to whales: Michael Brolly at TEDxLehighRiver
| Contributor(s):: Michael Brolly
Michael is concerned about how human beings treat members of the animal kingdom, especially whales. Using his skills as a renowned woodturning artist and sculptor, he has built a boat that's also a musical instrument. Michael uses the boat to communicate with whales and say to them, as a...
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...
Japan Whaling Association v. American Cetacean Society: The Great Whales Become Casualties of the Trade Wars
| Contributor(s):: Virginia A. Curry
The United States, encouraged by environmental and animal protection organizations, has been the major proponent of effective measures to conserve whales. Japan, on the other hand, has been the most outspoken defender of whaling. A major confrontation between the two...
Philosophical-Legal Considerations for Ending Japanese Hunting of Small Cetaceans
| Contributor(s):: Emily Claire Sipes
Japan persists as one of the few countries in the world partaking in the hunting of cetaceans, the branch of the animal kingdom that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. The International Whaling Commission’s 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling has established...
Recent trends in cultural anthropological studies on whaling
| Contributor(s):: Kishigami, Nobuhiro
Survival of bottlenose dolphin ( Tursiops sp.) calves at a wild dolphin provisioning program, Tangalooma, Australia
| Contributor(s):: Neil, D. T., Holmes, B. J.
Mortality of calves born to provisioned mothers is identified in the literature as an issue of concern in dolphin provisioning programs. Wild dolphin provisioning at Tangalooma, Moreton Island, Australia has been occurring since 1992. Each evening, up to eight dolphins are provided with fish in a...
Running into Whales: The History of the North Pacific from below the Waves
| Contributor(s):: Jones, Ryan Tucker
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...