Blog & Field Reports

The Dolphin Gazette Issue 17.2 is now
available! Good luck trying to decide what to read about first in this
issue! Been dying to know how Justin's seminar went? Curious about the whale that stranded in Bimini? Or is Kathleen's fall 2013 visit
to RIMS, and DCP's first go at crowd-funding, that has you avoiding
doing the dishes? Fear not! You can read all about these and other DCP
updates in the latest issue of The Dolphin Gazette.

For all you dolphin and ape fans out there: DCP researcher Justin Gregg be giving a series of seminars (together with the philosopher Esteban Rivas) this summer concerning the study of intelligence and language in apes and dolphins. The first seminar titled "Why can’t apes and dolphins talk?" takes place on April 13th at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. If this interests you, or if you think someone you know might be interested, check out visit and/or like the seminar's Facebook page.

DCP is pleased to announce that applications will now be accepted until 15 February 2013.
Applications for what, you say?
Our 12-night field course studying wild dolphins in Bimini, The Bahamas, that's what!
Join Sacred Heart University and DCP from 28 May - 9 June for a 200-level, 3-credit field course. With introductions to dolphin biology, behavior and photo-ID, this course includes 8 boat trips in search of Bimini's wild dolphins. During those trips, students will help search for dolphins, record sighting data and collect underwater digital photographs for DCP's photo-ID catalog.

Following from Justin's blog post on this subject, we thought it might be helpful to let students know that the journal Aquatic Mammals put together a collection of videos featuring advice to students wishing to pursue a career in marine mammal science. Over 40 if the world's leading marine mammalogists provide students with words of wisdom on how to break into the field.

Christmas Delivery Deadlines

‘Tis the season for the question, “Will it arrive by Christmas?”
Orders placed directly through DCP*, with standard shipping selected, received by Wednesday 19 December at 5:00 p.m. EST should reach a US shipping address in time for Christmas. If you choose expedited shipping, you have until Friday 21 December at 5:00 p.m. EST. We cannot give shipping time estimates for international orders.
*These shipping guidelines apply to Adopt-A-Wild-Dolphin and Dolphin Trading Card orders.

Deadline Approaching!!

2013 Field Course in Cetacean Ecology Bimini, The Bahamas
Arrive: 28 May 2013, Depart 9 June 2013
In a nutshell: Dr. Deirdre Yeater of Sacred Heart University will lead this 200-level university course at DCP’s Bimini field site.

The Gazette is here! 'Tis the season for the "last of 2012"  With Black Friday shopping behind you and Cyper Monday shopping bombarding you, why not take a break with the latest issue of The Dolphin Gazette.

Researchers at DCP are regularly confronted with the harsh realities of life in the ocean for dolphin species. When we observe the wild dolphins of Bimini, we know that each individual faces daily challenges from finding enough food to fighting illness and avoiding predators. These challenges do not always result in happy endings for our dolphin friends, and many individuals – both young and old – can succumbed to disease, starvation, or predator attacks. We rarely witness the death of an individual dolphin, or stumble across dead animals in the open ocean.

It's here! It's here!
The latest issue of The Dolphin Gazette is ready for your reading! We hope you enjoy reading about our upcoming RIMS eco-tour, our busy Bimini season, reflections from our interns and more!

New Publication!

DCP is pleased to announce the publication of the following article:
Vaughn-Hirshorn, R., Hodge, K.B., Wursig, B., Sappenfield, R.H., Lammers, M.O., Dudzinski, K.M. (2012). Characterizing dusky dolphin sounds from Argentina and New Zealand. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 132(1): 498-506.