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A novel case of non offspring adoption in a free ranging Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) inhabiting the Indian River Lagoon, Florida

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2009
Title: A novel case of non offspring adoption in a free ranging Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) inhabiting the Indian River Lagoon, Florida.
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Name(s): Howells, Elisabeth M., creator
Reif, John S., creator
Bechdel, Sarah E., creator
Murdoch, M. Elizabeth, creator
Bossart, Gregory D., creator
McCulloch, Stephen D., creator
Mazzoil, Marilyn S., creator
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: European Association for Aquatic Mammals
Extent: 6 p.
Physical Description: pdf
Language(s): English
Identifier: 1587650 (digitool), FADT1587650 (IID), fau:5458 (fedora), 10.1578/AM.35.1.2009.43 (doi)
Note(s): Wild and captive epimeletic care has been reported worldwide in many different species of cetaceans. Epimeletic care can be described as nurturant or succorant in nature. While adoption can be considered an example of nurturant behavior, to date there have been no reported cases of permanent adoption among wild cetaceans. During routine photo-identification surveys, an adult female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) was found in the presence of a young calf that was not her own. This mother calf like relationship lasted nearly 2 y until the death of the allomother. This paper documents a novel case of free-ranging bottlenose dolphin adoption that occurred in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida.
This article was published by the European Association for Aquatic Mammals http://www.aquaticmammalsjournal.org/ and may be cited as Howells, Elisabeth M., John S. Reif, Sarah E. Bechdel, M. Elizabeth Murdoch, Gregory D. Bossart, Stephen D. McCulloch, and Marilyn S. Mazzoil. (2009) A Novel Case of Non Offspring Adoption in a Free Ranging Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Inhabiting the Indian River Lagoon, Florida. Aquatic Mammals 35(1) 43‐47, DOI 10.1578/AM.35.1.2009.43
Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute contribution #1730.
Subject(s): Bottlenose dolphin
Bottlenose dolphin --Research --United States
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/FCLA/DT/1587650
Links: http://dx.doi.org/10.1578/AM.35.1.2009.43
Restrictions on Access: ©2009 European Association for Aquatic Mammals
Host Institution: FAU