Persistent organic pollutant trends in Sarasota Bay bottlenose dolphins

Synthetic chemicals are an important part of human society and are used for a variety of purposes ranging from use in materials such as plastic packaging, clothing, and other applications such as use as pesticides and in industry. Generally these chemicals are safe; however, certain types of synthetic chemicals have properties that are damaging to […]

Sarasota Bay health assessment project summary: May 2016

The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program conducted a health assessment project during May 4-11 in Sarasota Bay. The program fielded an international team of 140 scientists, veterinarians, and trained dolphin handlers (about 90 per day) to conduct 40 research projects with each dolphin handled. Projects included studies of field metabolic rates, communication studies involving whistle playback […]

How do echolocating bottlenose dolphins adapt their biosonar to find food in different habitats?

Echolocating animals such as bottlenose dolphins depend on actively generated echolocation signals (termed clicks due to their extremely short duration) for ensonifying their environment and detecting and tracking prey. In contrast to how our own vision works, this means that the biosonar behavior of the echolocating predator directly affects how it senses the world – […]