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DCP Dolphin Lesson: Dolphin Personalities

 

In this Dolphin Lesson, DCP's friend Dr. Erin joins again! She discusses questions like: Do dolphins have personalities? How do researchers find out? What types of personality characteristics have we seen in dolphins? How does that compare to what personality traits we use to describe humans?

Dolphin Lessons are geared toward ages 6-13, but everyone is welcome. Nothing to do in advance – just tune and enjoy!

You can find more of DCP's webinars here on our website under the Education Tab or you can visit us on YouTube at our channel: Dolphin Communication Project!

 

Original Airdate: 15 June 2021

DCP Deep Dive: Investigating Strandings in the Sarasota, FL Area

*Content warning: images of stranded or dead animals and/or necropsies may be shown during this talk. Examples of animals who did not survive their stranding or injury may be discussed.*

In this Deep Dive, Amber Lea Kincaid, a stranding biologist with Mote Marine Laboratory's Stranding Investigations Program discusses how Mote responds to sick, injured, distressed, and deceased marine mammals and sea turtles in Sarasota, FL, and the surrounding area. Specific cases are highlighted, along with general information about how Mote and their partners use strandings to conserve Florida's protected species.

This program is geared toward ages 14 and up, but all are welcome.

 

Original Airdate: 10 June 2021

UPCOMING Free Webinars!

Only a few live programs left before we pause our webinar program for the summer!

DCP launched our free webinar series in 2020. We were thrilled to have our live participants and are happy that each program is recorded and accessible at any time on our website and on our YouTube channel

Dolphin Lessons are generally scheduled most 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month, generally at 1:00 p.m. ET. Live Dolphin Lessons require a password to join. Dolphin Lessons run 20 - 35 minutes.

Deep Dives are most 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month, generally at 1:00 p.m. ET. Deep Dives run 40 - 60 minutes.

Remember, Dolphin Lessons are geared toward elementary ages and Deep Dives are for 14+, but everyone is welcome! 

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DCP Deep Dive: Driver-Barrier foraging--a cooperative technique *Click here for recording!*

In this Deep Dive, Becca Hamilton will discuss Driver-Barrier foraging, a unique cooperative foraging tactic used by certain members of the bottlenose dolphin population in Cedar Key, Florida. For her master's thesis, Becca investigated the vocal communication occurring between individuals in order for them to coordinate their efforts in time and space.

This program is geared toward ages 14 and up, but all are welcome. Bring your questions!

Thursday 27 May 2021, 1:00 p.m. EDT 

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89420924956 (or use Meeting ID 894 2092 4956)

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DCP Deep Dive: Marine Mammal Stranding Response

*Content warning: images of stranded or dead animals and/or necropsies may be shown during this talk. Examples of animals who did not survive their stranding or injury may be discussed.*

In this Deep Dive, Amber Lea Kincaid,  a stranding biologist with Mote Marine Laboratory's Stranding Investigations Program will discuss how Mote responds to sick, injured, distressed, and deceased marine mammals and sea turtles in Sarasota, FL, and the surrounding area. Specific cases will be highlighted, along with general information about how we and our partners use strandings to conserve Florida's protected species.

This program is geared toward ages 14 and up, but all are welcome. Bring your questions!

Thursday 10 June 2021, 1:00 p.m. EDT 

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81361918760 (or use Meeting ID 813 6191 8760)

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DCP Dolphin Lesson: Dolphin Personalities    

In this Dolphin Lesson, DCP's friend Dr. Erin joins again! She'll discuss questions like: Do Dolphins have personalities? How do researchers find out? What types of personality characteristics have we seen in dolphins? How does that compare to what personality traits we use to describe humans?

Dolphin Lessons are geared toward ages 6-13, but everyone is welcome. Programs run 20 - 35 min. If you'd like, download the corresponding coloring sheet here. Or, just tune and bring your questions!

Tuesday 15 June 2021, 1:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85195654259 (or use Meeting ID 851 9565 4259)

--Dolphin Lessons have a password. We hope to use the same password all season. Email DCP at info{at}dcpmail{dot}org to receive the password.---

DCP Deep Dive: Driver-barrier foraging--a cooperative technique

In this Deep Dive, Becca Hamilton discusses Driver-Barrier foraging, a unique cooperative foraging tactic used by certain members of the bottlenose dolphin population in Cedar Key, Florida. For her master's thesis, Becca investigated the vocal communication occurring between individuals in order for them to coordinate their efforts in time and space.

This program is geared toward ages 14 and up, but all are welcome.

You can find more DCP DD and DL webinars here on our website under the education menu tab or on our YouTube channel.

Original Airdate: May 27, 2021

DCP Dolphin Lesson: How to Draw the Biggest Dolphin – an Orca!

In this Dolphin Lesson, Raina guides participants through drawing an orca (aka killer whale), the largest member of the dolphin family. With orca facts thrown in along the way, this lesson will be fun for young and young at heart!

You can simply watch along, or grab paper and a pencil/pen or a drawing tablet to try your hand at drawing an orca!

Dolphin Lessons are geared toward ages 6-13, but everyone is welcome. Click here to download our orca coloring sheet.

DCP Deep Dive: Monitoring dolphins using whistles

In this Deep Dive, Emma Longden discusses using bottlenose dolphins’ signature whistles - an individually unique whistle, a bit like a dolphin name - to count the number of individuals in a population. After all, dolphins use a variety of sounds for communication, feeding, and navigation. Scientists can use these sounds to monitor and study their populations.

This program is geared toward ages 14 and up, but all are welcome.

You can find DCP's other, previous webinars here on our website under the education tab, or on YouTube on our channel: Dolphin Communication Project

 

Original Airdate: 13 May 2021

TGIF – Playful Dolphins and Poor Underwater Visibility
08 May 2021

TGIF – Playful Dolphins and Poor Underwater Visibility

Our last day of data collection began well with a light breeze and little surface chop. Sadly, the underwater visibility was not great – very silty, green water with lots of suspended particulates. Kathleen was able to collect about 25 minutes of video and watched Elli and Lenca play a bit and circled close to Kathleen and the MVA (pictured). Bailey swam by and echolocated on the MVA and Kathleen. Tank and Sandy played chase and keep away off to the side – Kathleen did not really see them underwater this morning.

Still, it was a good day to watch the overall activity of the group – they were spread out and using most of the lagoon area. In the morning and afternoon, Heather and Kathleen were able to collect a few more create sessions with Maury, Gracie, Tilly, Poli, Calli, Bailey, and Elli.

Rachel and Melissa went for a kayak and Heather and Melissa did a couple of snorkels behind Bailey’s Key – they saw many small fish, one “really big fish,” but no octopus! Ron and Bill had a good morning dive. And, we all rinsed and packed gear this afternoon. We depart at varying times tomorrow morning.

This week was productive with 5.5 hours of video data collected on both the MVA camera and the GoPro mounted to the top. We will be kept busy logging the videos to confirm dolphin IDs and then event sampling for our RQ study. And, Kathleen will include a more detailed summary of this week (and plans for her return in ab out a month) in our next issue if the Dolphin Gazette.

Have a great day!

Cheers

The SSRB 2021 Ecotour group!

Data Collection for 3 Research Projects – and a Rinse from Mother Nature!
07 May 2021

Data Collection for 3 Research Projects – and a Rinse from Mother Nature!

Our second to last day of research and observations was full! We collected MVA data this morning. We had several create sessions with Teri and Maury, Tilly, Gracie, Bailey, Callie, Elli, and Poli throughout the day. And, throughout the week we’ve confirmed the revised details for collecting “space use data” in the main lagoon by the dolphins. The space use data are collected during DCP eco-tours and our field courses with college students. Our grid (thank you Melissa for the more accurate division of the main lagoon) is much more “user-friendly.” The female dolphins are doing well on their create testing – i.e., we ask them to do “something new” in the session … and not repeat behaviors. It is exciting to see what they come up with and we definitely can see the dolphins thinking about what to do!

I (Kathleen) had two data collection sessions this morning – one with all dolphins in the main lagoon and then a second one after the trainers arrived with 12 of the dolphins in the main lagoon (the others were doing various training sessions in the back areas). It was the mom/calf pairs and a few subadult and adult female dolphins. Tank, Sandy, and Buzz hung out with each other for a while and circle swam Kathleen several times. Maury must have been giving Rocky a “time out” because he was not allowed to leave her side! Sandy even wagged her tongue at Kathleen and Tank (pictured on front)!

And, at one point, Tilly swam ventral up with Rocky and Sandy next to her, also swimming belly up!

Buzz was investigating Kathleen’s fins and the MVA and seemed to be trying to figure out what the green thing (MVA) was! Near the end of this session, Alita, Bailey, Tilly, and Elli all swam by me as a group.

Bill and Ron did a morning dive and, on their way to the dock, the skies opened and the threatening thunderstorm descended upon us! The rain was heavy but not long-lived: after about an hour, most of the rain squall had passed us by. Enough for us all to get a bit wet but not horrible in a warm climate.

Tomorrow is our last morning for MVA data collection. We will also collect a few more create sessions. And, likely also have another kayak adventure or two.

Until then,

Cheers

The SSRB 2021 Ecotour group!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!
06 May 2021

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

We began our day at Bailey’s Key with flashes of “My Octopus Teacher” … there was an octopus in the shallow area to the side of the dock as we walked out to the platform for Kathleen’s entry to observe the dolphins. The octopus was stretched out and multi-colored – we really received a show. It was wonderful to watch! It was a nice way to begin a session observing animal behavior!

The morning session was good despite the heavy rainfall between 3 and 5 AM. The underwater visibility was less than the last few days but the dolphins were social and playful with each other. Only Stan seemed to prefer my fins to his dolphin buddies! Lenca spent quite a bit of time with his younger brother, Buzz (cover photo)! Usually, the male dolphins play with other males and the subadult (aka teenager) female dolphins babysit (aka alloparent) the calves. (Kathleen sure hopes that Lenca was not pointing out her fins to Buzz as a new toy!)

A second morning session brought our total MVA data for today to an hour and the second session saw the mother/calf pairs socializing with their calves having a sort of play date. Sandy and Rocky were pec fin rubbing and chasing each other through the shallow area with sea grass covering. Elli and Poli each took turns circle swimming Kathleen and then swimming with each other or with Calli, Gracie, or Tilly.

Ron and Bill had two great boat dives and Heather and Melissa took advantage of the zip line excursion and met a sloth, several capuchin monkeys, and a few parrots.

Our afternoon rounded out with create data collection sessions with Maury, Calli, Poli, Bailey, Ronnie, and Ritchie. Watching the dolphins ponder “what to do new” is very fun and to see what they come up with even better!

A late afternoon snorkel finished the day just before a last kayak between Bailey’s and Anthony’s keys.

Let’s see what tomorrow will bring!

Cheers

The SSRB 2021 Ecotour group!

DCP Dolphin Lesson: Q&A with Dr. Kathleen (Live from Roatan!)

In this Dolphin Lesson, DCP's Director, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, discusses her research in general and specifically with bottlenose dolphins at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences. Several dolphins even make an appearance!

This program is geared toward ages 6-13, but all will enjoy it!

You can check out our other webinars here on the DCP website under the Education tab! Or, at our YouTube channel - subscribe today.

Original airdate: 4 May 2021

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