Dr. Ann Weaver, animal behaviorist & dolphin expert

Dr. Ann Weaver—an animal behaviorist conducting a pioneering, long-term, conservation-based study of free-ranging bottle nose dolphins off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida—explains that she initially gravitated toward dolphins as an academic interest, as opposed to a personal one, having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago.Ann Weaver 3 peewee fennel winter play Weaver traces her professional path, driven by a desire to work with—and learn about—the behavior of a broad array of animals, working at places ranging from zoos to an exotic pet shop, getting hired to work on her first dolphin study connected with pursuing her masters degree in animal behavior. She discusses the focus of her doctoral thesis, derived from a study examining how primates learn to apologize to ann weavereach other. Weaver details her current project, which she launched more than a decade ago, observing and charting the behavior of the bottle nose dolphins that live in and around the John’s Pass area, recording the impact before, during and after a major task was undertaken there: a bridge project that involved periods of both demolition and construction in this key dolphin Ann Weaver 2 DD2 w fishthoroughfare. She describes her methods—which echo those of prominent fellow animal behaviorists like Jane Goodall, Cynthia Moss and Dian Fossey—photographing and identifying the dolphins, using close-ups of their fins to identify some, but instantly recognizing as though they were old friends. Over the course of the study, she notes, this represents some 350 dolphins. Photos: Ann Weaver &/or National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration  (www.goodnaturedstatistics.com)

 

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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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