Subject: Abstract: Human Dolphin Interaction AU

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 2 Oct 1995 08:43:54

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     Earlier this week, you received the following post.  I have been asked
     by the editor of Aquatic Mammals to work up an abstract/summary for
     the article, since one was not published with it.
     ******
 
     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:  nachtig@nosc.mil
 
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     Orams, M.B.  1995.  Development and management of a feeding program
     for wild bottlenose dolphins at Tangalooma, Australia.  Aquatic
     Mammals 21(2): 137-147.
 
     (School of Marine Science, University of Queensland, St. Lucia,
     Queensland 4072, Australia)
 
 
     Until recently, the only reported case of a group of wild cetaceans
     regularly interacting with, and fed by humans in a shallow water,
     near-shore environment was at Monkey Mia in Western Australia.
     Recently, however, a gorup of inshore bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops
     truncatus) regularly accept fish from humans at Tangalooma, a tourist
     resort on the wetern shore of Moreton Island in South-eastern
     Queensland, Australia.  A feeding program, initiated by the resort, is
     not actively managed and promoted as a tourist attraction.  This paper
     briefly reviews the long record of human interaction with dolphins on
     Moreton Bay and details the development of this dolphin feeding
     program.  In addition, observations of the dolphins which frequent
     this feeding are discussed and the management regime established to
     control the feeding is outlined.  This paper provides an accurate
     description of the development and management of an unusual program
     where wild dolphins are regularly fed by humans.  It also provides a
     basis for debate over the ethics of such feeding programs.