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  1. "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.

  2. Salivary cortisol in captive dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): a non-invasive technique

    Contributor(s):: Pedernera-Romano, C., Valdez, R. A., Singh, S., Chiappa, X., Romano, M. C., Galindo, F.

  3. Conflict and reconciliation behavior trends of the bottlenose dolphin ( Tursiops truncatus )

    Contributor(s):: Holobinko, A., Waring, G. H.

    Wild bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) populations display societal structures characterized by numerous and frequent changes in group composition, complex social relationships, and high levels of cooperation, attributes also observed in human and nonhuman primate cultures. Maintaining...

  4. Increased number of whistles of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus , arising from interaction with people

    Contributor(s):: Akiyama, J., Ohta, M.

    The acoustic mode is the most reasonable means for social animals such as dolphins to maintain contact in the underwater habitat, and has been developed since they moved to the sea. This study investigates variations in dolphin vocalizations under the following conditions in a captive...

  5. 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...

  6. Review of wallowing in pigs: description of the behaviour and its motivational basis

    Contributor(s):: Bracke, M. B. M.

    Wallowing, i.e. coating the body surface with mud, is a natural behaviour of pigs, commonly observed in feral pigs and wild boar, but rarely provided for in current housing systems for domestic pigs. Furthermore, in welfare science the subject has not been receiving much attention. This paper...

  7. Medieval and early modern whaling in Portugal

    Contributor(s):: Brito, C.

    Mainland Portugal is not renowned for having been a whaling nation of significance. However, preliminary studies have brought to light enough historical references to suggest that whaling occurred from at least the 13th century, and the present work identifies 38 historical sources documenting...

  8. Review of self-initiated behaviors of free-ranging cetaceans directed towards human swimmers and waders during open water encounters

    Contributor(s):: Scheer, Michael

  9. Effects of the interaction with dolphins on physical and mental conditions of the elderly

    Contributor(s):: Akiyama, J., Sugimoto, K., Ohta, M.

    The effects of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) on the physical and physiological health of old people have been well known. In general, dogs, cats and small animals have been used at the AAT for seniors. In this study we tried to clarify physical and mental effects of the interactions of old people...

  10. Shedd Aquarium, Boehm recuperate from beluga deaths

    Contributor(s):: Zuziak, P.

  11. Does participation in Dolphin-Human Interaction Programs affect bottlenose dolphin behaviour?

    Contributor(s):: Trone, M., Kuczaj, S., Solangi, M.

    The present study quantified the daily (short-term) and monthly (long-term) behavioural repertoires of three dolphins that participated in Dolphin Interaction Programs with paying guests. Behavioural data were collected over a 6-month period, with Dolphin Interaction Programs occurring daily...

  12. Into the brains of whales

    Contributor(s):: Simmonds, M. P.

    Whilst studies on cetaceans have focused on a few populations of just a few species, various complex behaviours and social structures that support the notion that cetaceans should be regarded as intelligent animals have been revealed. The evidence to support this is reviewed here and is best...

  13. Evaluation of different observational sampling regimes for use in zoological parks

    Contributor(s):: Margulis, S. W., Westhus, E. J.

    Observational sampling methods provide clearly-defined guidelines for collection and analysis of behavioral data. In some situations, use of formal sampling regimes may be impractical or impossible. A case in point is data collection conducted by animal care staff at zoological parks and aquaria....

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. Ethogram of selected behaviors initiated by free-ranging short-finned pilot whales ( Globicephala macrorhynchus ) and directed to human swimmers during open water encounters

    Contributor(s):: Scheer, M., Hofmann, B., Behr, I. P.

    In order to establish an ethogram of interactive behaviors initiated by free-ranging short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) and directed to human swimmers, we initiated encounters with non-habituated pilot whale groups during open water encounters southwest of Tenerife, Canary...

  17. Human peak experience triggered by encounters with cetaceans

    Contributor(s):: DeMares, R.

    Although wild animals are listed in the literature of the humanistic sciences as a known peak trigger, this phenomenon has not until now been formally explored. In investigating peak experience from the perspective of the human-animal connection, the present study focuses on spontaneous...

  18. Reinforcement effectiveness of animatronic and real dolphins

    Contributor(s):: Nathanson, D. E.

    Dolphin Human Therapy uses Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) as reinforcement in rehabilitation for children with disabilities. But dolphins are expensive to use and subject to many environmental, administrative/legal and practical limitations. An alternative reinforcer, an...

  19. Are animals capable of deception or empathy? Implications for animal consciousness and animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Kuczaj, S., Tranel, K., Trone, M., Hill, H.

  20. Concluding studies on the failures of electrical lancing of whales

    Contributor(s):: Barnes, G. R. G., Madie, P.