A Whale of a Scale!

Posted by Hunter A Kinney on Apr 17, 2021 9:50:36 AM

The four pillars of DPMMR include Animal Care, Education and Outreach, Scientific Investigation, and Rescue and Rehabilitation. While all four pillars are critical to our Connect to Protect mission, one of the most important is Animal Care, which for us simply means providing the absolute best care and welfare for the dolphins that reside at our facility and depend on us. 

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Topics: Animal Welfare, Newsletter

February 2021 - From the Pod

Posted by DPMMR Staff on Feb 27, 2021 8:07:49 PM

Alfonz – February is a month of love and Alfonz has been our very own Cupid this month! For the past few weeks, he has been very flirtatious with the other dolphins and has been showing off his best selection of creative behaviors to impress the ladies. 

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Topics: Dolphins in Key Largo, Animal Welfare, Newsletter

Two Manatee Deaths in Key Largo

Posted by DPMMR Staff on Jan 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Although our focus is whales and dolphins, we will never say "no" to helping out with our other marine mammal friends in the Florida Keys: the Florida Manatee. 

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Topics: Animal Welfare, Conservation, Newsletter, Manatee

Dolphins Love AccuDock!

Posted by DPMMR Staff on Nov 17, 2020 6:00:00 AM
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Topics: Dolphins in Key Largo, Animal Welfare, Newsletter, #accudock

September: From the Scientists...

Posted by Holli Eskelinen, Ph.D. on Sep 26, 2020 12:00:00 AM

The research department was honored to publish our article, The Effects of Reproductive Status and Water Temperature on the Caloric Intake of Tursiops truncatus in Aquatic Mammals last month. This manuscript is the culmination of over a decade of data collection to advance our understanding of odontocetes' energetic requirements. Several studies have examined the consumption patterns and energy requirements of cetaceans, yet little is known about how these values change with respect to reproductive status and small scale changes in water temperature. Access to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) living under human care in natural seawater enclosures allows for a detailed look into diet (i.e., specific to each catch), intake, and relative energetic adjustments made in response to reproductive and thermoregulatory demands. This project aimed to provide valuable information regarding the complex intersection between life history, season, and prey resources. These data may provide conservative estimates of caloric need for extrapolation to free-ranging populations to estimate the carrying capacity of specific habitats, the resilience of cetaceans in the face of increasing anthropogenic pressure and environmental change, and the impact dolphins have on prey resources and trophic cascades. 

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Topics: Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, Animal Welfare, Newsletter

Caring for a Geriatric Animal (Dinghy)

Posted by Hunter A Kinney on Sep 26, 2020 12:00:00 AM

Dinghy. Ding-a-ling. Ding. Ding-dong. Mother. 

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Topics: Dolphins in Key Largo, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, Animal Welfare, Newsletter

Wild Dolphins: The Threats They Face and What Can Be Done

Posted by Nancy Cooper on May 30, 2019 5:08:23 PM

Threats to Wild Dolphins

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Topics: Animal Welfare

Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare - what's the difference?

Posted by Nancy Cooper on Feb 15, 2019 12:35:55 PM

Protecting animals has become a passion for many as humans continue interact with animals on personal and professional levels.

Connecting with other species is vitally important, as it’s through education that we are better able to understand animals and the threats that they face. This knowledge allows us to reevaluate how we as humans treat the other organisms that share the planet, and perhaps make positive and proactive changes in our lifestyles to better protect ecosystems (such as recycling).

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Topics: Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, Animal Welfare, Animal Rights

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