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 – […]

Studying communication using acoustic tags

Bottlenose dolphins are acoustic animals: they navigate and find food successfully, throughout day and night, by listening for the faint echoes generated by their strong, directional echolocation clicks. They find and recognize dolphins using individually specific signature whistles, and they employ a variety of other acoustic signals to interact with others of their species. For […]