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Rainy Days and Mondays ...
02 Feb 2016

Rainy Days and Mondays ...

If I remember the song correctly, rainy days and Mondays get the singer down ... That was not the case at DE with innovative data collection today! Yes, it was rainy, with a bit of lightning and thunder thrown in for good measure. But, the dolphins did not let rain get in their way and neither did the trainers nor us researchers! And, after a few minutes, we were just as wet as the dolphins! Here, you see Zoe and Javon finishing a research session with innovative behaviors. We were able to record 16 sessions today - 5 with the sea lions and 11 with the dolphins. The last few sessions were wet! But, we all had fun ... the…
Sunday - Day 1 for Data Collection!
01 Feb 2016

Sunday - Day 1 for Data Collection!

Thank you DE!! Allison and I were able to observe and record 19 innovate sessions with the dolphins and 4 with the sea lions! We witnessed a variety of behaviors from leaps, spirals, spits, vocalizations and more! We were able to record three moms with their calves "in tow" watching and (we think) learning! Two of the younger male dolphins presented new behaviors they'd been learning ... practicing their new skill(s), it seemed! Our tally in video data for the day was ~18 GB of video with a GoPro and 47 minutes of videotape on our second camera. Talk about lots to analyze! We head back to DE today (leaving in about 45 minutes!) for another likely (hopefully) productive day.…
Arrived to Nassau and greeted by warm sunshine!
30 Jan 2016

Arrived to Nassau and greeted by warm sunshine!

Allison and I arrived today, albeit on different flights. We are settled in at our lodging and have groceries stocked. Our cameras are prepped - batteries charged, tapes loaded. I spoke with Mr. Johnson to coordinate our pick up transportation for tomorrow. We are ready to collect data! And, I will introduce Allison to the DE team and the dolphins bright and early tomorrow morning! Dawn arrives tomorrow and we'll bring her up to speed. We'll have an update on our first round of observations and data collection tomorrow. Cheers Kathleen & Allison (& Dawn & Dee ... to arrive) DCP's 2016 DE research team!
Dolphin Encounters aerial
29 Jan 2016

All Packed and Ready to Go!

As the song says ... "all my bags are packed and I'm ready to go ..." Departure is Saturday morning from Fort Lauderdale (for me) to Nassau, The Bahamas. There is not much of a climate change for me with this trip, but I do believe the temps will be a bit warmer than currently in FL! We arrive tomorrow and will get settled in and prepare the MVA2 and cameras for observations and data collection. We head out to DE on Sunday bright and early. I'm looking forward to assisting on this trip. That is, our focus will be collecting data to understand how innovative dolphins might be, specifically the dolphins and DE. Many of these individuals have been…
DCP Research at Dolphin Encounters - 2016
28 Jan 2016

DCP Research at Dolphin Encounters - 2016

In two days, I depart for Nassau, The Bahamas, for a week of data collection at Dolphin Encounters at Blue Lagoon Island (DE). I'm looking forward to returning to DE to continue our research, meet the new dolphins and touch base with the training team! This research trip is a bit different for me/DCP. It will include three colleagues from two universities and focus on collecting data to better understand creativity in dolphins. Drs. Deirdre Yeater and Dawn Melzer, both Assistant Professors from Sacred Heart University, and Dr. Allison Kaufman, a Research Scientist in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from The University of Connecticut, form the rest of our research team. (You might remember Dr. Yeater from the college field courses…

Order by tomorrow for pre-Christmas delivery!

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Twenty Two Fantastical Facts about Dolphins – my new book!
29 Nov 2015

Twenty Two Fantastical Facts about Dolphins – my new book!

Dear friends, I am super psyched to announce the publication of my latest book, Twenty Two Fantastical Facts about Dolphins! You can purchase a copy of the book for just $9.99 ($3.99 on Kindle) on Amazon.com at this link, or on bol.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, and kobo. It's full of fun dolphin science trivia, and is aimed at kids/grown-ups aged 12 and over. If you like the fun kind of dolphin science info featured on DCP's podcast, The Dolphin Pod, you will surely love this book too! Happy reading! -Justin Here's the official press release: New book of dolphin science trivia for young adults Stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know about dolphins Antigonish, Nova Scotia, November 30, 2015 – Did…

Holiday Specials Are Here!

DCP is offering two special holiday gift offers at no extra cost to you! Special #1: buy a print version adoption kit between today (Black Friday) and Friday, Dec. 4th, to receive 4 extra randomly selected dolphin trading cards! Special #2: Buy an adoption e-kit between today (Black Friday) and the end of the year (Dec. 31, 2015) and receive a download link to a special video of underwater nature footage. Head to www.adoptawilddolphin.com right now to order your kit with bonus specials automatically included!

Thankful for ChameleonJohn.com

Happy Thanksgiving from DCP! This year, we are once again thankful for all of our supporters and today we add ChameleonJohn.com, a US-based online coupon company, to that list. We are grateful to be a part of ChameleonJohn’s current campaign to help non-profits. Thank you, ChameleonJohn.com! If your company is interested in becoming a corporate sponsor of DCP, please contact us at info{at}dcpmail{dot}org. If you are interested in making a donation – whether a one-time show of support or monthly commitment – head to our Donate page under the “Ways to Help” menu. PS: You only have until 1 December to get your limited-edition “Love Dolphins?” tee or sweatshirt! Click here to check them out and make your purchase!
Dolphins sometimes carry weapons
25 Nov 2015

Dolphins sometimes carry weapons

*The following blog post is an excerpt from the book Twenty-Two Fantastical Facts about Dolphins* Psychologists have learned that holding an otherwise innocent object in your hand – like an umbrella – makes onlookers perceive you as more dangerous than if you were empty-handed. This same, subconscious fear of weapon-like objects is lodged in the minds of many of our primate cousins. Our closest relatives – chimpanzees – appeal to this weapon-fear bias by waving tree branches and logs in the air when trying to make themselves look larger and more intimidating. And by golly it works. As anyone who has spent time in the African jungles can attest to, a giant male chimpanzee screaming and running at you with…
Dolphins don't sleep
23 Nov 2015

Dolphins don't sleep

*The following blog post is an excerpt from the book Twenty-Two Fantastical Facts about Dolphins* Almost all animals that live in the ocean are able to breathe water – extracting the life-giving oxygen that’s swishing around in seawater with their gills. Crustaceans, fish, clams, amphibians – they all have gills, and don’t need (and generally prefer to avoid) air. But marine mammals – which include dolphins, whales, seals, manatees, sea lions, otters and a handful of others – still need access to air in order to get their oxygen. The ancestors of all marine mammals were air-breathing land-animals, and during their millions-of-years-long return to the ocean, none of them bothered to evolve gills or other anatomical features that would allow…
Dolphins almost never drown
18 Nov 2015

Dolphins almost never drown

*The following blog post is an excerpt from the book Twenty-Two Fantastical Facts about Dolphins* Being an air-breathing animal living in the ocean brings with it a number of challenges. Chief among them is trying not to drown. The paradox/problem of living in an aquatic environment but needing to be at the surface to breathe is something that manatees, sea turtles, whales, and dolphins have to cope with on a daily basis. But for dolphins, drowning in the traditional sense (which involves inhaling water into your lungs) is not really the problem. Dolphins, you see, are sort of immune to drowning. I know what you’re thinking. This sounds like crazy nonsense. Don’t hundreds of thousands of dolphins drown in fishing…
Dolphins sometimes have backward dorsal fins
16 Nov 2015

Dolphins sometimes have backward dorsal fins

*The following blog post is an excerpt from the book Twenty-Two Fantastical Facts about Dolphins* Spinner dolphins are pretty bizarre as far as dolphins go. Their habit of leaping out of the water and spinning around at high velocity is just odd – not something other species of dolphins usually do. It’s made even more bizarre by the fact that nobody knows why they do it. It might be to shake off pesky suckerfish that are latched onto their sensitive skin. Or maybe it’s a form of communication, or a mating display. Or, as is likely the case for lots of dolphin behavior, it’s just something fun to do. It’s not just that spinner dolphins act strange. They also look…
Dolphins have ears in their jaws
13 Nov 2015

Dolphins have ears in their jaws

*The following blog post is an excerpt from the book Twenty-Two Fantastical Facts about Dolphins* Whales and dolphins evolved from furry mammals with hoof-like feet that roamed the Earth 50 million years ago. Called Pakicetus, these animals looked like a cross between a dog, a cat, and a tiny, angry hippopotamus. They walked on four legs, had a snout with eyes on the front of their heads, and sported cute little gerbil-like ears. As natural selection began the process of transforming Pakicetus into the modern-day dolphin, the ancestors of dolphins lost many anatomical features that weren’t helpful to them in their new aquatic environment. They traded in their body hair for a thick layer of blubber to help keep them…

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