September 2021 - From the President

Posted by Nancy Cooper on Sep 21, 2021 10:07:25 PM

Happy September to Everyone!

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Topics: Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, Animal Welfare, Newsletter

From the Pod - September 2021

Posted by DPMMR Staff on Sep 21, 2021 9:58:06 PM

From the Pod …

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Topics: Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, Animal Welfare, Newsletter, Pod Update

Scanning Cetaceans!

Posted by DPMMR Staff on Jul 1, 2021 8:17:05 PM

Since its inception in 1972, computerized tomography has revolutionized the ability to diagnose, treat, and monitor injuries and pathology in humans. Computerized tomography (CT) involves serial, radiological, cross-sectional scans, resulting in detailed, three-dimensional images of internal anatomy (Wellington & Vinegar, 1987). This tool was adopted for use in domestic veterinary medicine in 1989 and later utilized in post-mortem assessments of wild, stranded cetaceans (Schwarz & Saunders, 2011). In 2004, the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program conducted the first live dolphin CT scans to provide insight into cranial anatomy (Houser et al., 2004).

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Topics: Animal Welfare, Newsletter, Pod Update

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

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