Recent News

Book Release!

The Dolphins of Shark Bay (Scientists in the Field Series) by Pamela S. Turner is now available for order!

Australia - Booktopia
US & International - Amazon
The Dolphins of Shark Bay

Congratulations Dr. Krzyszczyk!

Congratulations to Dr. Ewa Krzyszczyk! Dr. Krzyszczyk successfully defended her PhD Dissertation "Age Determination, Life History and Juvenile Behavior in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops sp.) in Shark Bay, Australia" on August 16th.
Dr. Krzyszczyk

New paper in Biological Conservation

We have a new paper out in Biological Conservation entitled "Long-term impacts of fish provisioning on the behavior and survival of wild bottlenose dolphins." The pdf is available in our Publications section. Congratulations to the authors!

Dolphin provisioning

New Paper in PLoS ONE

We have a new paper out in PLoS ONE entitled "Early Social Networks Predict Survival in Wild Bottlenose Dolphins." The pdf is available in our Publications section. Congratulations to the authors!
Dolphin Network

Two New Papers Available

Two new papers are available on our website! "A report of six cases of seagrass-associated gastric impaction in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.)" in Marine Mammal Science and "Modelling the emergence and stability of a vertically transmitted cultural trait in bottlenose dolphins" in Animal Behavior. Find them in our publications section.
Dead dolphin
Photo Credit Kathrin Bacher and Anna Kopps

Nature Communications Paper

We have a new paper out in Nature Communications entitled "Social networks reveal cultural behaviour in tool-using using dolphins." The pdf is available from our Publications section or read about it In the Media! Congratulations to all the authors!

Dolphin Sponging

Animal Behavior Society Conference

Congratulations to the four students and researchers from Georgetown University who presented at the annual Animal Behavior Society conference in Albuquerque, NM from June 10th-14th!

The titles and authors on the presentations are listed below.

Diving development in wild bottlenose dolphin calves
Church, K., Foroughirad, V., Patterson, E.M. & Mann, J.

Sex differences, ontogeny, and proficiency of dolphin sponge tool use
Paatterson, E.M., Fromont, J., Krzyszczyk, E. & Mann, J.

Effects of tour vessel activity on social networks of bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia
Foroughirad, V., Stanton, M.A. & Mann, J.

Fitness consequences of early sociality in wild bottlenose dolphins
Stanton, M.A.

Undergraduate researcher Kelly Church with her poster

Acoustic Research Project Update

The acoustic research project that began with Sonic last year continues! There has been great success in obtaining acoustic recordings of the 2011 new-born dolphin calves, Piper and Static, as well. Click the echolocation diagram below to learn more!
Click Train

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