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Lending a “Fin” and Fund in Helping Dolphins

MAF staff members John Taylor and Tina Martinez traveled to Sarasota, Florida, to spread the word about the first study funded by the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund. The study looks at the long-term effects of the oil spill on nearby dolphins. Staff met with Dr. Randy Wells, lead investigator from the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, and spent about three hours on a boat in Sarasota Bay, where they came along about 20 dolphins, including six calves less than two weeks old. These dolphins are all part of the research being conducted. They also came across three generations of dolphins: a grandma, mom and baby. Tina said it was very cute to see them all playing in their natural habit, but sad as well, considering the oil is not far away.

View video of the team in the field http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1DWoorc0vI.

Read the articles in the Chicago Tribune:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-dolphin-study-20100616,0,5287802.story and
the Chicago Sun-Times: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2403242,CST-NWS-dolphins17.article.

   

                            

 


Posted by MAFon June 23, 2010.

Categories: Animal studies, Wildlife health, Animal health

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