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Winter Internship with SDRP: Apply Now

2022-09-24T11:51:39+00:00

Are you a college student studying marine biology, biology, ecology, zoology, wildlife, fisheries, or a related field and interested in learning more about how dolphin research is conducted by participating in the world’s longest running study of a wild dolphin population? We’re now accepting applications for our Winter 2023 Internship Program, which this year

Winter Internship with SDRP: Apply Now2022-09-24T11:51:39+00:00

Whistling Away in Sarasota Bay

2022-09-02T13:49:27+00:00

To record dolphin sounds, we place non-invasive hydrophones mounted on suction cups on a dolphin’s melon  (“forehead”) and record the sounds that they make.  We’ve been recording dolphin whistles since the 1970s. Today, the Sarasota Dolphin Whistle Database contains 926 recording sessions of 293 individual dolphins; we know the age, sex and

Whistling Away in Sarasota Bay2022-09-02T13:49:27+00:00

Understanding Animal Residency

2022-08-24T13:24:18+00:00

What is animal residency and how do we define and measure it? In marine mammal research, residency is often used to describe the place that animals (or groups of animals) occupy in a given geographic space over a long period of time. In fact, the SDRP made the discovery that bottlenose dolphins can form

Understanding Animal Residency2022-08-24T13:24:18+00:00

Identifying Dolphins Throughout the Gulf of Mexico

2022-08-17T14:01:15+00:00

The CZS-SDRP curates the Gulf of Mexico Dolphin Identification System (GoMDIS), which  combines, standardizes, and serves as an online archive for dolphin ID catalogues from groups throughout the Gulf of Mexico — including Mexico and Cuba. This repository allows us to identify dolphins throughout the Gulf and discover changes in ranging patterns or even

Identifying Dolphins Throughout the Gulf of Mexico2022-08-17T14:01:15+00:00

Barbed! Stingray Spine Injuries

2022-08-12T14:32:29+00:00

Did you know that stingrays are dolphin neighbors? They share share shallow seagrass habitat in Sarasota Bay where they forage for food. Dolphins are even occasionally "barbed" by the stingray's venomous spine. These spines can also break off in the dolphins, causing injury or even death. Mote Marine Laboratory's Strandings Investigation Program determined that

Barbed! Stingray Spine Injuries2022-08-12T14:32:29+00:00

Fatty Acid Signatures

2022-08-12T14:11:35+00:00

If they are what they eat, what are dolphins eating? Thanks to our long-term studies — including seasonal fish surveys — we know what the most common prey fish are in Sarasota Bay dolphin diets. But how do their diets change during events like red tides? SDRP’s Theresa Tatom-Naecker is testing a technique called

Fatty Acid Signatures2022-08-12T14:11:35+00:00

Remembering Two Giants of Marine Mammal Science

2022-07-22T12:54:05+00:00

SDRP Founder Blair Irvine (left) and Sam Ridgway, 1967. The marine mammal scientific community has lost two of the field’s greats: Sam Ridgway and William F. Perrin. These founders of modern marine mammal science were indirectly involved in the creation and development of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), and

Remembering Two Giants of Marine Mammal Science2022-07-22T12:54:05+00:00

Assessing the Health of Offshore Dolphins

2022-07-07T19:57:31+00:00

Learn About the First Health Assessment of an Offshore Dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico On June 1, 2022, the SDRP led the first-ever health assessment of an offshore dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico. The collaborative effort involved biologists and veterinarians from six nonprofit organizations and universities and was

Assessing the Health of Offshore Dolphins2022-07-07T19:57:31+00:00

DWH: 12 Years On

2022-04-10T13:34:04+00:00

A Dozen Years After the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, We're Still Documenting Impacts to Dolphins April 2022 marks the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A dozen years after this disastrous event, scientists are still identifying the long-term impacts on the local Barataria Bay

DWH: 12 Years On2022-04-10T13:34:04+00:00
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