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"A Window into the Private Lives of Dolphins"

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Dr. Amy Samuels, WHOI, Biology Department
Dr. Samuels has been investigating dolphin behavior in the wild for many years, observing and tracking lineages in the same area in Australia. In this presentation she discussed social interactions and her methods of observation that emphasize objective recording of animal activities and behaviors.

Web-based Resources

The Brookfield Zoo web site

Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

The Faunal Communications Research Institute

The Dolphin Institute (site with texts of scientific papers)

Bottlenose dolphin index from Sea World

Explanation of Dolphin communication

Sea World site with classroom activities, K-12

Animal Behavior Society

PMEL Acoustic Monitoring Project, click on bioacoustics


The Society for Marine Mammology

Hawaii Whale Research Foundation

The Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, Massachusetts

A Noisy Silent Spring
Nadis, S.
In: Woods Hole Currents, Summer 1998, pp. 8-10

Now You See Me, Now You Don't: Basic Research in Dolphin Communication and Behavior
In: Ocean Explorer, May 1993, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 1-7

Flukeprints: A History of Studying Cetacean Societies
Samuels, A. and P. Tyack
In: Cetacean Societies: Field Studies of Dolphins and Whales (edited by J. Mann, R.C. Connor, P.L. Tyack, and H. Whitehead), pp. 9-44

Echolocation Lab, by Access Excellence

Using an Observation Log to Enhance Studies in Biology, by Access Excellence

Mapping Animal Behavior, an AskERIC Lesson Plan

Animal Adaptations: Focus on Bird Beaks

Investigating Animal Behavior
In: Turnstone Ocean Pilot, pp. 48-53

Termite Tracking

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