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We’re Here! We survived the Airports!
13 Mar 2016

We’re Here! We survived the Airports!

It was a long bumpy day but rather easy travel to get from Houston to Roatan. To all of our families … we are all in one piece! It is beautiful, green, hot, humid, so many trees! The water is so blue and warm. We saw a purple sea star and a sea fan. Most of us decided not to unpack until after kayaking and examining the mangroves and shoreline of Anthony’s Key. The sunset was really beautiful. We had our first meal and after a long day, it was like we were eating like queens (comiendo como reynas)! After dinner Dr. D overwhelmed us with an introduction to the MVA – it was easier to understand in person than…
RIMS 2016 - field session/course with St. Mary's U.
10 Mar 2016

RIMS 2016 - field session/course with St. Mary's U.

Dixie, the mini Seabeagle, wanted to pack her toys and treats into my bags for my upcoming trip to Roatan. Alas, she'll stay home with John and enjoy her walks and treats here. Though not afraid of the water, Dixie prefers to keep her paws dry. She's observant but studying the dolphins next week would mean getting wet! Students and professors from St. Mary's University in Texas will be joining me and DCP on Roatan from Saturday to Saturday to collect behavior and audio data on the dolphins at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS). Our week is not only for data collection but also a field course for the students in animal behavior and conservation biology. We'll be…

The Gazette Turns 20!

In this issue, take a look back over the last 20 years and a glimpse forward at our upcoming programs to RIMS. Kathleen shares details of her recent research trip to Dolphin Encounters and a guest outlines the issue of marine debris, including what each of us can do to help! We hope you enjoy this issue and we thank you for reading and sharing! Click here to access your free copy today!
Innovative Summary!!
05 Feb 2016

Innovative Summary!!

Today was a day for wrapping up cameras, reviewing data sheets and videos to confirm all is copied to a second hard drive and packing for the return trip home. Allison left this morning and Dawn and I depart tomorrow. We all had smiles all morning today! We collected data from Sunday through Thursday this past week and were able to collect a total of 96 sessions with the dolphins and sea lions! These data were recorded on two GoPros and one HD video camera that yielded almost 3 hours of videotape and 85.4 GB of footage! We will be scoring footage for a while. We were also able to collect personality scores of the dolphins and sea lions from…
Last Day of Data Collection!
04 Feb 2016

Last Day of Data Collection!

Thursday was our last day of data collection for our Innovative/Creativity study of the dolphins and sea lions at DE. It was another successful day of data collection! Here, you can see Stormy with O'Kelle during a morning session! We had 12 sessions with the dolphins to bring all our numbers up to four trial sessions for all the females and three to four sessions each for the males. And, we were able to connect with another seven trainers to complete personality scores for the dolphins with whom they work the most. Kathleen gave a lunchtime talk about DCP's research in The Bahamas and Dawn had a meet-greet with Nina and Zoe! This trip was Dawn's first time up-close with…
Sea Lions, too!
03 Feb 2016

Sea Lions, too!

Yes, it's true! We are collecting data on how creative and innovative the sea lions at DE are also! That is, we are not only looking at the dolphins. In this photo, Dawn and Allison are watching as Lorette asks Maggie to display new behaviors of her choosing! Today was another good day for data collection with 12 sessions and several more personality surveys completed! The weather was good with more wind than yesterday and abundant sunshine! Can you tell what I love about the tropics!! We spent a bit of time reviewing the data files and also chatting with several trainers about the creativity levels of the dolphins (male and female) and the sea lions ... we also watched…
Sunshine!! and LOTS of data!!
03 Feb 2016

Sunshine!! and LOTS of data!!

Today was a wonderfully sunny and warm day! A welcome change from yesterday. And, we collected LOTS of data: we had 36 sessions for data collection with the dolphins and sea lions. We now have 3 repeat sessions with almost every animal who knows the cue for innovate/create. It is really exciting to see the individual differences now become apparent! For example, neither Aunty V nor Stormy are "morning dolphins." They are much better creatively in the afternoons! We also coordinated with the trainers for completion of dolphin personality scale surveys. With this information, we will be able to compare how the trainers assess the dolphins and sea lions with how our collected data suggests their individuality will show with…
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!

Our adopt-a-wild-dolphin kits make great Christmas gifts. In order to ensure pre-Christmas delivery of our hard copy kits, be sure to place your order by tomorrow, Friday 18 December, by 5 p.m. EST and choose expedited shipping. Order now & know that your gift will be their favorite! www.adoptawilddolphin.com
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!

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