Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Received: from FLO.ORG by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V5.0-4 #8767) id <01HVM4T14VQO94OSOO@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU> for whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU; Sat, 23 Sep 1995 11:50:42 -0400 (EDT) Date: Sat, 23 Sep 1995 12:01:15 -0400 (EDT) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Subject: Abstract: Lone Tursiops/Humans/Belize To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <950923120115.2e645@FLO.ORG> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 21-SEP-1995 12:03:37.06 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: abstract - lone Tursiops/humans/Belize Date: Thu, 21 Sep 1995 10:01:53 EST Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: Dagmar_Fertl@smtp.mms.gov Subject: abstract - lone Tursiops/humans/Belize X-To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> As a courtesy, the following is a summary of an article recently published in Aquatic Mammals 21(2). Apologies for cross-mailing to those folks that subscribe to both discussion groups. I have supplied the author's address to which reprint requests should be directed. Aquatic Mammals is published three times a year by the European Association for Aquatic Mammals. Subscription requests should be directed to the editor: Paul Nachtigall, Hawaii Institute of Marine biology, P.O. Box 1106, Kailua, HI 96734, USA. FAX (808) 247-5831, email: firstname.lastname@example.org __________________________________________________________________ *Dudzinski, K.M., T.G. Frohoff, and N.L. Crane. 1995. Behavior of a lone female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) with humans off the coast of Belize. Aquatic Mammals 21(2): 149-153. (*Marine Mammal Research Program, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 4700 Avenue U, Galveston, TX 77551, USA) For at least eight years, a lone female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) named 'Pita', has frequented the waters surrounding Northern Two Cay, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, in Belize. She has actively sought human contact for the past four to five years. This study investigated the history of her interactions with humans and documented her behavior nearby humans. There are some concerns for the well-being of both the dolphin and the people with whom she interacts. Specific concerns include an increase in the number of people seeking interaction with this dolphin, and a need for official guidelines or regulations governing these encounters. We have analyzed both underwater and surface video recordings and conducted interviews with people who have interacted with this dolphin. Pita exhibited sexual behavior towards objects, such as anchor lines, and occasionally towards swimmers. She sometimes touched swimmers or postured near swimmers. Pita has directed aggression towards people, especially those attempting to leave the water. Several people have been injured when Pita blocked them or hit them with her rostrum as they attempted to leave the water. Many human visitors remain naive, and somewhat over-zealous, and continue with attempts to ride her, touch her body in sensitive areas (including the genitals and blowhole), and generally appear to excite her into potentially aggressive and harmful behavior. Pita is unusual in that the majority of lone dolphins that interact with humans world-wide have been male.