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Cascadia Research Collective: Marine Mammal Surveys off the Kona Coast

by Cameron Dabney Dolphin Quest Hawaii’s Regional Education Supervisor Cameron Dabney joined the Cascadia Research Collective team in the field this past July on an incredible marine mammal study off the Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. This is a first-hand account of her experience. I arrive at the harbor early, ecstatic about my day ahead. The air and water are still and the reflections of the boats glisten as the morning light peaks over the mountains. The smell of fish and gasoline waft in the distance. Mesmerized by the calmness of the early harbor morning, I sit on the dock acknowledging that one of my lifetime dreams is about to come true: I am about to go out and do marine mammal surveys with Robin Baird, world-renowned marine mammal biologist with the Cascadia Research Collective. When Robin and his…

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December 22, 2014

Can Fish Can Be Trained?

Dolphin Quest’s expert animal behaviorists do an amazing job training our dolphins, but do you wonder if fish can be trained? At Dolphin Quest Hawaii, we are working on some amazing fish training in our new tide pool habitat. Right now, we have a gorgeous porcupine puffer fish, a very hungry snapper, a couple of lined butterfly fish, and some very cool goat fish that are all learning new behaviors. Just like the dolphins, training fish starts with trust. Our multispecies trainers work day in and day out to make sure the fish trust them enough to approach them. From there, the relationship allows our trainers to teach the fish to stay in one place, feed from their hands, come when called (“recall”), and so much more! All of this has one common goal: to allow us to better take care…

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March 26, 2014

Long-term Lung Research Gives Insight into Wild Dolphins

As part of our commitment to global stewardship, Dolphin Quest is dedicated to conservation and the advancement of marine mammal research. Dolphin Quest Oahu (DQO) is currently participating in a groundbreaking long-term research project studying dolphin lung capacity. The scientific significance of this work is to develop non-invasive methods for estimating wild marine mammals’ metabolic…

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February 20, 2014

Education, Conservation and Research-that’s what it’s all about!

Through the years, Dolphin Quest Hawaii has given back to the local and international community in many ways. One of the biggest opportunities to do that comes through research. This year, the local community in Kona, on Hawaii’s Big Island, had a very special visit from a group of killer whales. On the first day,…

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February 20, 2014

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