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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

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