Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) increase whistling in the presence of 'swim-with dolphin' tour operators

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Scarpaci, Carol, Bigger, Stephen W, Corkeron, Peter J and Nugegoda, Dayanthi (2000) Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) increase whistling in the presence of 'swim-with dolphin' tour operators. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, 2 (3). pp. 183-185. ISSN 1561-0713

Abstract

The impact of cetacean eco-tourism on subject animals is not clearly understood. Studies that monitor this impact have traditionally concentrated on observable surface behaviour despite the fact that sound is the primary communication channel for cetaceans. This study monitored whistle production in free ranging bottle dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) to evaluate if dolphins vocalise at different rates in response to commercial dolphin-swim boats.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24367
Official URL https://archive.iwc.int/pages/preview.php?ref=231&...
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 0502 Environmental Science and Management
Current > FOR Classification > 0602 Ecology
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords acoustics, whale watching, monitoring, ecotourism, vocalisation behaviour, 1995, 1996, swimming, Port Phillip Bay, Victoria
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