first encountered Burgundyâ€™s grandmother, Paint, as a juvenile dolphin in 1985.
has known Paint for over 30 years!
Fortunately, Dr. Michelle Green and Dr. Denise Herzing
have been able to assess paternity using a non-invasive method by collecting fecal samples (yes, this means human researchers collect dolphin poop).Â So far, Dr. Green has shown that the oldest males in the population are siring offspring, and in all pairings but one, the male is older than the female (check out the scientific publication here).
first observed BigGash as a fully mature male in 1986.
Our first trip will be led by myself, along with two of Dr. Herzing's
graduate students, Nate Skyzypczak and Sommer Kuhn.
Later in the season, Dr. Herzing
will be onboard leading trips andÂ continuing her
two-way work with the spotted dolphins.
This work was recently featured in the May 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine
, which can be read online here.
will be joined by some of her
colleagues including Dr. Thad Starner of Georgia Tech, Dr. Adam Pack, and Dr. Fabienne Delfour.
Dr. Denise Herzing
engages a juvenile dolphin in play with a novel toy, while wearing the CHAT (Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry) box.
To read more about Dr. Green and Dr. Herzing's
genetic work and paternity analysis
Simply knowing we were playing a small part in the work Dr. Herzing
is doing was so rewarding " states Shauna.
In the 30 years that Dr. Denise Herzing
has been studying spotted dolphins with the Wild Dolphin Project
we have learned a lot about their natural history, behavior, social structure, communication, and habitat.
Luckily, Dr. Herzing
and some of her former graduate students including Dr. Cindy Elliser (now with the Harbor Porpoise Project) have answered some of these questions.
In one case, a previously lost individual was reidentified ten years later by matching a melon mark (to learn more read Dolphin Diaries by Dr. Â Denise Herzing).
graduate students also presented talks on their master's thesis research in the evenings and we watched several different documentaries.
article by Dr. Denise Herzing
CHAT (Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry) is an underwater computer designed by Dr. Thad Starner and his team at Georgia Tech.Â CHAT receives sounds via two hydrophones, and produces sounds through an underwater speaker.Â The Wild Dolphin Project
, under the direction of Dr. Denise Herzing
and with the help of colleagues Dr. Adam Pack and Dr. Fabienne Delfour, created a few basic artificial sounds, specifically whistles (outside of the dolphins natural repertoire) to label a few play objects (Sargassum â€" a natural play toy, scarf, and rope â€" toys that humans bring in the water).
CHAT box before entering the water.
Dr. Herzing and a team member practice with each other using the CHAT boxes underwater.
A TED talk by Dr. Herzing on communicating with dolphins
New Scientist article on Dr. Denise Herzing's Two-Way work with dolphins
After hearing a lucky forecast for southeast winds, Dr. Herzing
made the call and we headed out on Friday January 31st, for the first time in over 10 years. Â We crossed the Gulf Stream in high seas, roughly 6 -12 foot swells, but eventually made it over to the West End marina. Â After clearing customs, we set out to search for the dolphins.Â
Dr. Denise L Herzing, Founder and Research Director, WDP