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

Getting to Know Jett & Tug

Posted by Hunter A Kinney on Sep 21, 2021 9:39:23 PM

Life became a little more interesting for our team back in 2016 when we welcomed two very round, very uncoordinated, and very cute baby dolphins to our family. Tug was born to Dinghy on September 25th and Jett was born to Jessica on November 24th, just shy of two months apart. Both male calves were sired by Alfonz and have grown up together over the past five years. During that time, we’ve been able to get to know them and watch their personalities change and develop.

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Topics: Dolphins in Key Largo, Just For Fun, Newsletter

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

July 2021 - From the Pod...

Posted by DPMMR Staff on Jun 30, 2021 9:19:05 AM

Alfonz - It's business as usual this month for the big man on campus! Alfonz has stayed busy meeting guests from all over the country, playing games with his trainers, and of course... flirting with the ladies! This month, we were able to get a true "weight" on Alfonz for the first time in over 3 years thanks to our brand new dolphin scale. Alfonz weighed in at an impressive 517 pounds, maintaining his title of "biggest dolphin" at DPMMR. 

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Topics: Dolphins in Key Largo, Just For Fun, Newsletter, Pod Update

From the President - July 2021

Posted by Nancy Cooper on Jun 30, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Hello and Happy Summer to you!

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Topics: Newsletter

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

April 2021 From the Pod...

Posted by DPMMR Staff on Apr 17, 2021 9:39:54 AM

Alfonz - This Spring, Alfonz is making a splash… or two… or three… or five hundred!

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Topics: Dolphins in Key Largo, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, Newsletter, Pod Update

April 2021 - From the Field...

Posted by Nicole Sears on Apr 17, 2021 9:15:14 AM
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Topics: Dolphins in Key Largo, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, Conservation, Newsletter, Photo ID

April 2021 - From the Scientists...

Posted by Holli Eskelinen, Ph.D. on Apr 17, 2021 9:05:52 AM

This month’s Research Update highlights our book chapter Learning about Dolphins: An Era of Discovery in Managed Care, published in the Scientific Foundation of Zoos and Aquariums: Their Role in Conservation and Research. Zoos and aquariums have evolved from relatively rudimentary displays to reputable research and conservation organizations. Most modern zoological facilities conduct and facilitate basic and applied research, and many of these investigations cross disciplines, involve innovative technologies, and contribute to global conservation efforts. As the most abundant marine mammal species in managed care, bottlenose dolphins have been studied extensively, garnering groundbreaking discoveries that otherwise would have been impossible to ascertain in the wild. These include, but are not limited to, a compelling understanding of calf development, maternal care, social behavior, cognition, bioacoustics, sensory systems, diving physiology, toxicology, immunology, health, disease, and reproductive biology. In an era of global habitat degradation and increasing human pressure on ocean resources and ecosystems, research conducted at marine mammal facilities has become critical to our understanding of how these animals may respond to an ever-changing environment.

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Topics: Newsletter

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