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New Babies!

On October 26th, 2011, Piccolo gave birth to her third calf, Piper, pictured below. Then on November 25th Shock gave birth to her second calf, Static. Congratulations to the new moms!
Piccolo's calf

New Papers Out!

The ecological conditions that favor tool use and innovation in wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) is available online at PLoS One, and Why become speckled? Ontogeny and function of speckling in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) in Shark Bay, Australia is available on Early View at Marine Mammal Science. Congratulations to all the authors!
Diver Sponging

Australian Premiere

The Dolphins of Shark Bay premiered to Australian audiences on Sunday, June 26th, 2011! If you missed the premiere you can watch online at ABC1!

2011 Field Season

The 2011 field season has begun! Researchers Eric Patterson, Kipp Searles, and Jenny Smith are currently in Shark Bay and will be joined by Janet Mann in late June. Look for updates from the field soon!


Eight students and researchers from Georgetown University presented at the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium in Conway, South Carolina from April 1st-3rd. Undergraduate Psychology Honors student Kristen Hovis received an award for Best Student Poster for her work entitled, "Quantifying the Rate of Fission-Fusion."

The titles and authors on the other presentations are listed below. * denotes oral presentation.

*Snapshot or movie: How sampling methods bias dolphin social network metrics.
Stanton, M., Mann, J., Gibson, Q., Sargeant, B., Bejder, L. & Singh, L.

Predation risk and birth seasonality in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.
Cotter, A. & Mann, J.

A comparison of observational sampling methods for measuring activity budgets of wild dolphins.
Gallagher, L., Mann, J., Foroughirad, V. & Waston-Capps, J.

Does provisioning affect calf mortality and activity budgets in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) in Shark Bay, Australia?
Foroughirad, V. & Mann, J.

Going with the flow?: The relationship between sponge foraging dolphins (Tursiops sp.) and tidal current.
Barnao, J., Patterson, E., Sargeant, B. & Mann, J.

*The Lipid and Fatty Acid Composition of Cetacean Blow.
Patterson, E., Teter, B., Krzyszczyk, E., Hunter, S., Ginsburg, A. & Mann, J.

Synchrony and Development in Bottlenose Dolphins.
Sidhu, N. & Mann, J.

Quantifying the Rate of Fission-Fusion.
Hovis, K., Stanton, M., Mann, J. & Ryan, R.

Best Undergraduate Poster Award Winner Kristen Hovis

"Dolphins of Shark Bay" Documentary to Premiere in the USA!

The Dolphins of Shark Bay will premiere to American audiences on Sunday, April 10th at 7pm ET/PT on Animal Planet as part of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.