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Quantifying parameters of bottlenose dolphin signature whistles

Feb 16, 2009 No comments

In an effort to standardize how multi-looped whistles are treated across studies, we recently had a note accepted by the journal Marine Mammal Science demonstrating that inter-loop intervals in stereotyped sequences of disconnected loops (multiple elements) are shorter and more consistent (less variable) than are the intervals between successive whistles. For whistles with multiple disconnected [...]

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Whistles as potential indicators of stress in bottlenose dolphins

Jan 14, 2009 No Comments

We recently had a manuscript accepted by the Journal of Mammalogy reporting the potential use of whistles as indicators of stress in bottlenose dolphins. In particular, we examined the possibility that parameters of bottlenose dolphin signature whistles may serve as indicators of some level of stress. Bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay, Florida, have been recorded [...]

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Whistles as potential indicators of stress in bottlenose dolphins

Jan 01, 2007 No Comments

Stress has been defined as an environmental effect on an individual that overtaxes its functional abilities. The diversity of stress responses among marine mammals makes it difficult to develop a comprehensive diagnostic protocol to evaluate stress. The development of a relatively non-invasive tool with which to evaluate stress in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) could allow [...]

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Whistles as potential indicators of stress in bottlenose dolphins

Jan 19, 2006 No Comments

The welfare of an organism, or the state of an animal in relation to how it attempts to cope with its environment, is often related to the stress that it experiences (Broom and Johnson 1993). The diversity and limited observation of stress responses among marine mammals makes it difficult to develop a comprehensive diagnostic protocol. [...]

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