Dr. Kathleen M. Dudzinski, Director of the Dolphin Communication Project has been studying dolphins both in the wild and under human care for the past two decades. She has focused her research on their interactions, acoustic behaviour and how they engage with one another.
“One of the things that was originally a bit surprising . . . is that from my studies on dolphins in the wild in comparison with dolphins in human care, I’m not finding any significant differences in individual interactions, in behaviours, in the sounds they use, or how they engage with one another.”
When asked about the issue of keeping dolphins and other cetaceans at accredited facilities under human care Kathleen responded, “You can’t do certain studies on animals in the wild. Without a keen understanding of a species both at a group and individual level, how could we even begin to make informed decisions about conservation or management issues that would benefit a wild population?”
Learn more about the Dolphin Communications project in her video documentary below.