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Short-Finned Pilot Whale Tracking — 2019

2021-02-26T17:25:00+00:00

On July 29, 2019, members of the public alerted emergency responders about the stranding of five short-finned pilot whales on Redington Beach, Florida. Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s rescue team led the response, heading to the site along with wildlife agencies and local authorities, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida’s

Short-Finned Pilot Whale Tracking — 20192021-02-26T17:25:00+00:00

Bill

2021-02-19T22:45:13+00:00

On March 1, 2016, we received a report of a dolphin that was entangled in a crab trap line off Nokomis Beach. We went to the dolphin’s last reported location from the night before, and found 10-year-old resident dolphin “Bill” with just his blowhole above the water. His tail was wrapped in the float

Bill2021-02-19T22:45:13+00:00

Lizzie

2021-02-19T22:16:51+00:00

One of our Sarasota residents, Lizzie, had an eventful 2013. She was given a temporary satellite-linked tag during our health assessments in May, and she and her 3-year-old calf were regularly followed to compare their behavior with and without the tag. During one of these follows, SDRP staff noticed that Lizzie had become entangled with

Lizzie2021-02-19T22:16:51+00:00

Ginger

2021-02-19T22:47:10+00:00

In December 2008, Ginger, a recently independent juvenile female dolphin, stranded on Siesta Key Beach. SDRP staff was among the first responders, stabilizing her before she was taken to Mote Marine Laboratory and treated for complications from the stranding. Ginger was a dolphin already known by SDRP, and at the time of her stranding

Ginger2021-02-19T22:47:10+00:00

Nellie

2021-02-19T22:48:37+00:00

In February 2010, SDRP staff members spotted a young dolphin “wearing” plastic. We hoped that she would shed the material but it soon became apparent that would not happen. After receiving permission from the National Marine Fisheries Service, which oversees the protection of wild marine mammals, our team attempted to capture the animal to

Nellie2021-02-19T22:48:37+00:00

Scrappy

2021-02-19T22:48:13+00:00

Scrappy, born in 1998, is the calf of Scooby-Doo (who was given her nickname before we knew she was a she). He has been sighted hundreds of times since birth, but we remember him most for one of our 2006 sightings when we found him entangled in marine debris — a piece of fabric

Scrappy2021-02-19T22:48:13+00:00

FB54

2020-12-12T14:50:16+00:00

Dolphin FB54 Stats Name: FB54 Sex: Female Age: Born 1971 A Dolphin's Life FB54 was born in 1971, and is currently the oldest-known Sarasota resident dolphin. She has been observed more than 1,500 times since we first met her in August 1975 — the

FB542020-12-12T14:50:16+00:00

Milestones

2020-10-28T14:18:44+00:00

When we began thinking about ways to celebrate our milestone 50th year, our initial plans called for an in-person symposium focused on our dolphin research and the achievements that we, along with our research partners and colleagues, have made over the past five decades. Though we still hope to make that happen in 2021, when

Milestones2020-10-28T14:18:44+00:00

Using X-Rays to Estimate Dolphin Age

2020-10-28T15:47:08+00:00

X-ray images (radiographs) of human hands have been used for decades as a method of confirming age by examining the predictable chronological changes occurring to the growth plates of each bone. We wanted to know if using X-rays of dolphin flippers could provide the same information. The goal is to establish a non-invasive method of determining

Using X-Rays to Estimate Dolphin Age2020-10-28T15:47:08+00:00

The Bottlenose Epigenetic Aging Tool (BEAT)

2020-10-27T15:22:58+00:00

We're working to create a Bottlenose Epigenetic Aging Tool (BEAT) that will allow us to use small skin samples to determine the age of dolphins. First, what is epigenetics? These are various modifications and molecules that occur on or interact with DNA to influence gene activity and phenotype without changing the DNA sequence. Epigenetic changes

The Bottlenose Epigenetic Aging Tool (BEAT)2020-10-27T15:22:58+00:00
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