The Lost Dolphins of Tenacatita | Episode 16

When Hurricane Jova hit the west coast of Mexico in 2011, a group of dolphins living near Tenacatita Bay disappeared! Where did they go and what happened to them? And did they ever return? Find out in this week’s episode.

The primary article being discussed in this episode is:

Ortega-Ortiz, Christian & Wonneberger, Elena & Martínez-Serrano, Ibiza & Kono-Martínez, Tadashi & Villegas Zurita, Francisco & M. Enríquez Paredes, Luis & Llamas González, Myriam & Olivos, Aramis & Liñán-Cabello, Marco & Gerardo Verduzco-Zapata, Manuel. (2019). Consequences Potentially Related to a Meteorological Event on a Resident Group of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the Mexican Pacific. Aquatic Mammals. 45. 99-105. 10.1578/AM.45.1.2019.99

The research articles mentioned in the podcast involving how hurricanes affect dolphins are as follows:

Fearnbach, Holly & W. Durban, J & Parsons, K & Claridge, Diane. (2012). Photographic mark-recapture analysis of local dynamics within an open population of dolphins. Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America. 22. 1689-700. 10.2307/41722883

Miller, Lance & Mackey, Angela & Hoffland, Tim & Solangi, Moby & Kuczaj, Stan. (2010). Potential effects of a major hurricane on Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) reproduction in the Mississippi Sound. Marine Mammal Science. 26. 707 – 715. 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.00371.x

More research from Christian Ortega-Ortiz at

This research originated from the University of Colima in Mexico:

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