Understanding Offshore Dolphin Behavior


High-resolution data-loggers reveal fine-scale movement and foraging behavior of offshore dolphins “Bill,” an Atlantic spotted dolphin, with a satellite-linked tag on his dorsal fin and DTAG on his back upon release in September 2022. During offshore health assessments in September 2022, we deployed digital-acoustic archival tags (DTAGs) via suction cups on

Understanding Offshore Dolphin Behavior2023-10-10T15:39:12+00:00

What’s on the Menu?


Since 1970, we’ve been studying Sarasota Bay’s dolphin community — getting to know their lineages, their companions and even their favorite hangouts. But understanding the dynamics of a population of animals also includes understanding how they interact with their environment, especially learning about the types of food they prefer, the places where they find

What’s on the Menu?2023-09-03T13:53:41+00:00

Make Your Labor Day Boat Trip a Labor of Love


As we approach the Labor Day holiday this weekend, why not make it a labor of love for dolphins (and other wildlife) by doing a few simple things to help protect them and their environment? It’s as easy as: Stashing your trash: If you’re heading to the beach or out on the water, be

Make Your Labor Day Boat Trip a Labor of Love2023-08-31T12:17:35+00:00

Disentangling a Dolphin Near Cedar Key


Disentangling a Cedar Key Dolphin On Aug. 9, 2023, the SDRP partnered with University of Florida Marine Animal Rescue (UFMAR) and the Cedar Key Dolphin Project (CKDP) to help disentangle an estimated 5-month-old dolphin calf, also known as DTNL, that had plastic mesh wrapped around and cutting into its torso and pectoral flippers.

Disentangling a Dolphin Near Cedar Key2023-08-11T15:30:30+00:00

Siesta Key’s “Squirt” the Dolphin


This year (2023) we’ve been getting a lot of questions about a tagged dolphin that people have been seeing frequently around Siesta Key. Meet dolphin F326, also known as Squirt! He is a young male dolphin born in 2019. We first observed him in November 2022 as an independent juvenile and, during a health

Siesta Key’s “Squirt” the Dolphin2023-07-28T16:36:28+00:00

Offshore Dolphin Health Assessment


On May 17-18, 2023, we tagged and collected biological samples from two bottlenose and two Atlantic spotted dolphins 25-38 miles offshore of Sarasota during the third of four planned offshore health assessment and tagging sessions supported by a grant from the Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program. All four dolphins received suction-cup-mounted

Offshore Dolphin Health Assessment2023-08-31T12:39:14+00:00

Dolphin Moms Use ‘Baby Talk’


We’ve all probably done it: Change the pitch and tone of our voices when talking to babies. Now, new research from Sarasota Bay published in the peer-reviewed journal The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that dolphin moms do it, too! “Motherese” (also known as “parentese”) is a speech pattern that human

Dolphin Moms Use ‘Baby Talk’2023-08-31T12:30:06+00:00

Another Successful Rescue


A Successful Dolphin Rescue Near Marco Island Earlier this month, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) received several reports from the Naples/Marco Island area about a calf whose tail flukes were entangled in fishing line. After determining that the entanglement was life threatening, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) asked us to

Another Successful Rescue2023-06-28T14:12:06+00:00
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