Studying Dolphin Behaviors
Dolphins are highly intelligent, social, playful animals. As we work to understand these amazing creatures, research is an essential part of the mission at the National Aquarium. Our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are participating in a study consisting of enrichment trials in an effort to understand more about dolphin behaviors, namely, emitting large bubble spheres from their blowholes. In this segment, National Aquarium marine mammal researcher Cynthia Turner, Esq., describes using enrichment as a research tool and discusses bubble spheres as a possible reaction to novelty.