When Dolphins Speak

GDEP team member, Talia Levine, recently had an article published in Georgia Health News. Her article, featured below, explores shared wildlife and human health risks surrounding a Superfund site on the Georgia coast. When pollutants escape into our waters, the…

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Chill Out, Hot Stuff!

Dogs pant, lizards bask in the sun, polar bears have a thick coat of translucent fur and humans sweat. All of these are different strategies used to regulate body temperature. Thermoregulation is the process that the panting dog, the basking…

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There’s Mercury in My Mackerel?

The FDA and EPA have posted advisories for expectant mothers and infants, cautioning them to avoid eating certain fish in high—or in extreme cases, any—quantities. Why the cause for such concern? Mounting scientific evidence has found that the high levels…

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Plastic, Plastic, Everywhere

“We need more water!” my nephew demands. I trudge into the ocean, neon-green plastic bucket in hand, to do as I’m told. My bucket disappears from view as I dip it beneath the waves, but it re-emerges, heavy with the…

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The Year of the Monk Seal

This post is part of the Endangered Marine Mammals Series. On May 25th of this year, Ha`aheo returned to the sea. After diving in, she whimsically explored her old home; blowing bubbles, digging in the sand, splashing about. Her friend,…

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What is this?

Welcome to the Georgia Dolphin Ecology Program (GDEP) blog! As a research team devoted to the study of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), we spend countless hours on the water each year watching for dolphin fins to emerge. Our surveys…

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