We’re making headlines here at Dolphins Plus!  Dolphins Plus has been featured in various publications for the amazing work and rescue efforts of our staff, including with our Marine Mammal Responder Unit. We’re very proud of the work we do here, and it shows.

Posted on: December 26, 2016

Our very own Leo, a 13-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, graces the cover of “Florida Currents” for Florida Keys Electric Cooperative’s year-end issue.  Leo is a male Atlantic bottlenose, and the first dolphin born at Dolphins Plus Bayside!  Leo knows up to 14 different vocalizations, and can even mimic a seagull and a laughing baby.  Leo obviously knows he’s a star, and we’re thrilled he…

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Posted on: November 28, 2016

By Emily Benson

It takes a village to raise a whale. Rather than sticking exclusively to their mothers’ side, baby pilot whales in the north Atlantic take turns swimming next to other adults – including both females and males. Pilot whales are social creatures. They are thought to live in multigenerational family units of about two to four dozen individuals, says Joana…

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

If not for a few vigilant backcountry fishermen the recent mass stranding of thirty-five Pilot whales near Big Pine Key, might have gone completely unnoticed. On the morning of Thursday, Nov 10, a local fishing guide first reported a live whale beached in the area of Content Keys, more than 10 miles west of Big Pine Key. Members of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and…

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

On Monday, September 26th, Dolphins Plus hosted wildlife rescue professionals from El Soccorro, Trinidad and Tobago who were able to acquire hands on experience with live marine mammals as they create a marine mammal stranding response team in their region. Lloyd Brown, Director of Wildlife Rescue of Dade County, facilitated this interaction. Dolphins Plus is proud to educate and collaborate…

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Posted on: May 16, 2016

Environmental enrichment in zoological facilities is considered essential to animal welfare (e.g., Clegg, Borger-Turner, & Eskelinen, 2015) and involves the addition of supplemental stimuli to animals’ environments that enhances biological, physiological, and psychological welfare (e.g., Kuczaj, Lacinak, & Turner, 1998; Shepherdson, Mellen, & Hutchins, 1998). While enrichment plans…

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