Sampling dolphins in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Jan 17, 2012 No Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) continues to help the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SRDP) in the area of bottlenose dolphin health assessment. Since 2002, we have assisted the program by developing sample collection procedures, archiving samples in the NIST Marine Environmental Specimen Bank (Marine ESB), assisting in field collections, and analyzing dolphin [...]

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2011 Bottlenose dolphin health assessment in Sarasota Bay

Jan 17, 2012 No Comments

We conducted a 5-day capture-release dolphin health assessment project in Sarasota Bay in May 2011. The primary impetus behind the project was to obtain data and samples to serve as controls for comparison to samples to be collected by NOAA in oil-impacted Barataria Bay, Louisiana in August. An additional goal included training foreign scientists for [...]

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Post-release monitoring of pilot whales from a mass stranding in the Florida Keys

Jan 17, 2012 No Comments

Responding to a request by NOAA Fisheries on Friday night, 6 May, SDRP staff drove to Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys early on the morning of 7 May to tag two male short-finned pilot whales from a mass stranding of about 21 whales. The animals were initially scattered through the area when the [...]

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Assessing post-release success of rehabilitated odontocete cetaceans

Jan 17, 2012 No Comments

Important questions have been raised regarding the relative risks and benefits of rehabilitating and releasing stranded odontocete cetaceans, but until recently few data have been available to support an appropriate evaluation. In the early years of cetacean rehabilitation, success in getting the animals to the point of release was infrequent, but success rates have improved [...]

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Satellite Tagging update

Dec 17, 2011 No Comments

Franciscana dolphin: Southern Brazil Signals continued to be received through the end of November from two of the five Franciscana dolphins tagged with satellite-linked tags. The dolphins are exhibiting a very high degree of residency to a very small area within the bay. These highly endangered dolphins were tagged as part of a tri-national (Brazil-Argentina-USA) [...]

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Dolphin Photo Identification Explained

Oct 20, 2011 No Comments

Individual bottlenose dolphins can be identified by their dorsal fins. But how exactly is that done? And why bother? A new report published by NOAA, with SDRP staff members Brian Balmer and Randy Wells as co-authors, explores the use of photo identification as a tool for making abundance estimates of inshore populations of bottlenose dolphins. [...]

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Freed Pilot Whale: Final Update

Sep 15, 2011 No Comments

The satellite-linked transmitter on the adult pilot whale has failed after 66 days. Powered by a single AA battery, the transmitter was expected to have a 2-3 month life expectancy. This was one of two pilot whales returned to the sea after about 21 whales stranded in the Florida Keys in early May. This whale [...]

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Post-release follow-up monitoring of stranded or injured dolphins

Dec 21, 2010 No Comments

By Randall Wells, PhD, Chicago Zoological Society Understanding the fates of dolphins returned to the wild following rescue, stranding, and rehabilitation is crucial to evaluating the effectiveness of treatments and knowing what should be done in the best interests of the sick or injured animals. Over the past two years, we have received grants from [...]

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Follow-up on recent rescues: Ginger, FB28 and Scrappy

Dec 21, 2010 No Comments

By Aaron Barleycorn, BS, Chicago Zoological Society The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program has participated in several dolphin rescues over the past few years. Our involvement can range from disentangling free-swimming dolphins, to treatment and release in the field, to rescuing and helping transport the animal to Mote’s dolphin and whale hospital for rehabilitation. One important [...]

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