Dr. Denise Herzing, pioneering dolphin researcher

Dr. Denise Herzing–a pioneering researcher who has spent 27 summers in Bahamian waters studying Atlantic spotted dolphins: the Wild Dolphin Project, and author of “Dolphin Diaries: My 25 Years With Spotted Dolphins”–discusses various phases of her career, and her fascination with dolphins that began in childhood.



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She also recounts the influence Jane Goodall had on her career, as well as on the design and scope of the Wild Dolphin Project, and the importance of “etiquette” in the pursuit of a longterm study of wild animals. Dr. Herzing described Atlantic spotted dolphins, and some of the key traits that distinguish them from bottlenose dolphins, including that the former’s spot patterns change as they age. She also explained various facets of what’s increasingly become a key component of the Wild Dolphin Project: Fostering two-way communication between dolphins and humans, and addressing the implications of what such advances might mean. (www.WildDolphinProject.org, www.Facebook.com/Wild.Dolphin.Project)

ALSO: We had a brief conversation with Cyndy Sperber Doty, founder of Adopt A New Leash On Life, a new Facebook page devoted to matching up immediately-adoptable dogs Florida-wide with forever homes, drawing from rescues across the state, and underscoring the “DO NOT BUY” message. (www.facebook.com/AdoptANewLeashOnLife)

COMEDY CORNER: Eddie Izzard’s “Talk To The Animals” (www.EddieIzzard.com)

MUSIC: Meg Hutchinson’s “Seeing Stars,” Ahmad Jamal Trio’s “Dolphin Dance,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Matthew Sweet’s version of “Flipper”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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