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Dolphin Quest In The News – Star Advertiser

New Study Examines Dolphins’ Respiratory Well-Being Click here to read article

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May 23, 2016

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Blessing and Release Celebration

Four-year-old Hawaii green sea turtles Wailele and Momona, who were hatched at Sea Life Park and raised at Dolphin Quest, were released into the ocean on Saturday, April 16, 2016, as part of a collaborative conservation initiative to protect Hawaii’s native and threatened turtle species. These young honu (Hawaiian for green sea turtle) have been ocean…

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April 18, 2016

Dolphin Quest In The News – ATLAS of Science

Lung mechanics and pulmonary function testing in cetaceans Click here to read article

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January 11, 2016

Luxury Oahu Resort Provides Unique Opportunity for Scientists to Study Dolphins

Results Published in The Journal of Experimental Biology On July 8, 2015, the prestigious Journal of Experimental Biology published a first of its kind study providing new insights into how bottlenose dolphins breathe and handle dive related respiratory challenges. This study, which would have been extremely challenging to conduct in the wild, was hosted by…

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July 21, 2015

Dolphin Quest In The News –

LIVE Q&A – Dolphin Quest Research and Care Click here to watch

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March 26, 2015

Award Winning Research Results Published in Scientific Journal

Dolphin Quest Oahu (DQO) was recognized this September with the prestigious Research Advancements Award at the 2014 International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association (IMATA) annual conference. Results from the study were also published in The Journal of Experimental Biology. During the IMATA conference, DQO Manager of Marine Animals, Julie Rocho-Levine, and Andreas Fahlman, a researcher with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, shared the advancements made possible when renowned researchers collaborate with expert animal behaviorists within the marine mammal community. Fahlman, along with researchers from the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute partnered with DQO to develop non-invasive methods for estimating wild marine mammals’ metabolic rate and lung mechanics under normal and stressed conditions. The data collected from DQO’s animals provided insights into how marine mammals manage oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen in various scenarios including when the animals are wearing electronic data logging tags….

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December 22, 2014

The Wait & Go Training Game

Dolphin Quest Oahu (DQO) presented a new training concept, Wait & Go, at the prestigious International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association conference in 2013. The Wait & Go game involves a series of three hand signals. The first signal cues the start of the game and asks the dolphin to wait for additional information. The trainer then gives a second hand signal for a previously trained behavior, such as a pectoral flipper wave. The dolphin doesn’t move, and continues to wait until he sees the third signal, which means go and perform the behavior. While learning the “rules” of the game, the wait proved more challenging for the dolphins. They know more than 100 hand signals and for years have performed a behavior immediately after seeing its signal. Trainers made sure to reward the dolphins for waiting as well as going,…

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March 27, 2014