DCP and Kathleen's research at Mikura Island, Japan, has a primary focus, with a secondary aspect. The focus concerns dolphin signal exchange and use of contact behaviors between individuals- their communication patterns. We are interested in dolphin social behavior and communication. The comparative aspect is between Kathleen's ongoing work on Atlantic spotted dolphins in the Bahamas and that on the bottlenose dolphins around Mikura Island.
This year, 2011 DCP researchers will be returning to the people, culture and of course the dolphins of Mikura Island. To read more background information click here .