Below you’ll find an archive of DCP’s webinars. “DCP Dives Deep into…” programs are geared toward ages 14+ and “DCP Dolphin Lessons” are designed with ages 6 – 13 in mind. But, all are family-friendly, so all ages are encouraged to listen and watch. If you are new to DCP, scroll down and be sure to check out our very first webinar, “Dolphin Communication Project: Who We Are” to get a better sense of who we are and what we do. Interested in more online content? Our podcast, The Dolphin Pod, can be found under ‘The Latest Buzz’ tab.
Sperm whales are well known for being deep-diving predators with extraordinary hunting abilities. They also have a fascinating social system, much of which is shaped by their reproductive strategies and calf-caring behavior. This talk goes beyond DCP’s team and main study species, reviewing what scientists currently know about sperm whale sociality and reproduction, as well as outstanding questions. This presentation was given by Ana Eguiguren on 6 Feb 2024.
New Year, New Webinars! Next up: Sperm Whales on Feb 6th! Click for more info.
Bottlenose dolphins are fascinating animals that are studied in a lot of places in the world. Scientists use their dorsal fins to individually identify them and unravel their social structure. For this talk, we headed away from DCP’s field sites to dive in with Joëlle De Weerdt to learn more about the dolphins she studies off Nicaragua.
Human-made noise poses a significant problem for a wide range of animals. In this talk Pernille Meyer Sørensen presents the results of a recent study done in collaboration with the Dolphin Research Center, in Florida, in which they investigated how noise affected two dolphins working together.
Emma Chereskin talks about the male bottlenose dolphins of Shark Bay, Australia in this "Deep Dive." These dolphins form the most complex alliance structure outside of humans. Forming alliances, and maintaining those friendships, is vital in securing paternities and protecting females from rival males. In this talk, Emma explores the wide variety of mechanisms, such as touch, synchrony, and sound, used by these dolphins to maintain their decades-long friendships.
Dr. Jason Bruck takes viewers on a meandering journey studying one of the world’s coolest animals. This talk covers communication, cognition, and conservation in dolphins and helps illuminate what we know about dolphin behavior as well as how we can use drones to evaluate dolphin health.
In this talk, you’ll learn more about DCP’s study on the sympatric distribution of Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins immediately off Bimini’s shores. How do these two dolphin species stay separate? And what type of behaviors do we observe in this nearshore area? Two of the authors, Kel Melillo-Sweeting and Christine Ribic led this talk. The topic was also presented at the SMM conference in August 2022 and featured in a 2022 episode of The Dolphin Pod.
*CW: This talk discusses sexual interactions in non-human animals. For mature audiences.* In this talk from Dr. Lilley, you’ll learn more about the socio-sexual behavior of belugas (or white whales) and the recent research that examined whether beluga socio-sexual behavior is lateralized.
This talk, led by Brooke from Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network, covers some of the many amazing adaptations (both physical and behavioral) that marine mammals have that help them be well suited for their environment!
This webinar was recorded on 28 Sept 2022. Every year there are thousands of reports of sick, injured, and dead marine mammals throughout the United States. In this talk, Brooke from Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network goes over three of the biggest human impacts marine mammals face: human interaction, plastic pollution, and shipping traffic. We will also discuss how conservation works and ways you can get involved!