16 April 2020

DCP Dives Deep into … Bottlenose Dolphin Crater Feeding

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This webinar was recorded on 16 April 2020. DCP Bimini Research Manager, Kel Melillo Sweeting, discusses bottlenose dolphin crater feeding and whether they have a side bias. And, of course, the DCP team answers questions at the end. This webinar was the second in our series, "DCP Dives Deep" and our 4th overall webinar. You probably already know that most humans are right-handed (we still love you lefties!). Did you know that more chimpanzees and gorillas are too? But, orangutans are more often lefties? Even giraffes, lions, chickens (the list goes on) show preference for one limb over the other. This "lateralized behavior" can be found across the animal kingdom...but what about dolphins? At our Bimini, The Bahamas field site, Kel and our colleagues were intrigued by bottlenose dolphins feeding in the sand and, time and time again, turning to the left. Hmmmmm … …

This program is geared toward high school students and above, but all are welcome. Check out the DCP website (https://www.dolphincommunicationproject.org/index.php/get-involved/webinars) or this YouTube channel to find more archived programs. On DCP’s website, you can also find free, downloadable STEAM activities for kids (look under the education tab). Stay tuned to our social media for upcoming webinars, field programs and more!

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