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What's in a Handshake?

Excerpt from The Eye of the Trainer: Animal Training, Transformation, and Trust. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Sunshine Books, Inc. More

A Memorable Memory: The Story of Dolphin Zsa Zsa

Excerpt from The Eye of the Trainer: Animal Training, Transformation, and Trust. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Sunshine Books, Inc. More

Match-to-sample utilizing the passive reception of echoes in a bottlenose dolphin

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What's in a Handshake?

What's in a Handshake?

After about five years as a trainer, I reached a point where I was feeling confident in my knowledge and skills and I visited a dolphin facility and watched one of their shows. The trainer was narrating the show while training two bottlenose dolphins. At the start of the show she introduced her two dolphins to the audience while reaching out to touch each animal’s pec fin ... More »

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A Memorable Memory: The Story of Dolphin Zsa Zsa

A Memorable Memory: The Story of Dolphin Zsa Zsa

In Animal Training: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement, I recount the story of Zsa Zsa, a bottlenose dolphin who was accidentally presented with a cue she had not seen in over a decade, yet she performed the behavior perfectly ... More »

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Match-to-sample utilizing the passive reception of echoes in a bottlenose dolphin

Match-to-sample utilizing the passive reception of echoes in a bottlenose dolphin

Introduction Scientists have studied dolphin echolocation for decades, but little research has investigated how well dolphins can interpret echoes created by sound sources other than their own click. Xitco and Roitblat (1996) demonstrated that a dolphin could complete a three-alternative forced choice (3AFC) match-to-sample (MTS) task by “eavesdropping” on both the clicks of another dolphin and the resulting echoes ... More »

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President's Corner

President's Corner

A few words from IMATA's President, Michael Hunt.

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Regional Reports

Regional Reports

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Conservation Briefs

Conservation Briefs

Humpback Whale Entangled in 4,000lbs of Marine Debris – Elephant Seals Aid in Climate Research – Migratory Freshwater Fish in Decline

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Education Forum

Education Forum

This year, more than any before it, has taught us all to embrace the variability of the unexpected. We have adapted too many changes as individuals and trainers this past year due to the impact of COVID. And as such, so have the animals we spend every day caring for ... More »

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Off The Shelf

Off The Shelf

Book Review: Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss Among Vanishing Orcas, by Eva Saulitis

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President's Corner

A few words from IMATA's President, Michael Hunt.

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Regional Reports

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Conservation Briefs

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Education Forum

Creating Connections From A Distance

Off The Shelf

Book Review: Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss Among Vanishing Orcas, by Eva Saulitis

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Sea Otter

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