Ancient Greek mariners listened to the sounds of dolphins through the hulls of their ships. People have been fascinated by dolphin sounds for millennia. Yet, we still don't know what 'they' are talking about! Dolphin sounds fall into several main categories: Whistles: which are unique to each individual animal - much like our own voices. It appears that dolphins use these 'signature whistles' like we use names. You often hear a loud whistle from a nearby dolphin, followed by a similar sounding whistle from another dolphin. Sort of like a sound 'handshake' or greeting. Clicks: which are generally used for some form of echolocation. Echolocation works like 'radar' and is used by dolphins to find food - like schooling fish. The dolphin makes a 'click' which travels through the water, bounces off an object like a fish, and then hears the echo. Chirps: which are tones of varying frequency - their purpose is not known. These dolphin sounds are well within the hearing range of people. While echo location clicks can range up to about 150,000 Hz (about 8 times higher than the normal human hearing range), a lot of these clicks occur at frequencies as low as about 2,000 Hz. So people can easily hear them with the proper hydrophone (underwater microphone). It is reported that cetaceans have a large portion of their brains devoted to auditory senses. Therefore they may be able to convert sound into an acoustic image in a section of their brains which allows them to 'see' in the darkness of the ocean, or in the murky waters of river deltas. There are many 'noise' sources in the ocean that could act to 'illuminate' objects with sound that cetaceans detect. For example, in shallow tropical and semi-tropical waters, snapping shrimp product continuous 'clicking' noises. These may allow cetaceans to 'see' fish without the need to use their own echo location - which might alert fish of their presence. Further out in the ocean, ambient sounds from wave action may serve the same purpose.
Now....  let's listen to a few dolphin sounds!

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The Best Dolphin Tours in Destin Florida

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Nestled in northwest Florida, the city of Destin is renowned for its beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches and exceptional golf courses, as well as the scenic Destin Harbor Boardwalk. But it is the magnificent creatures that reside off the Destin coastline that draw so many visitors here each year.

This stretch of the US coast is home to hundreds of amazing bottlenose dolphins and is one of the best places in Florida to view them up-close. For those keen to experience one of life’s most magical interactions between man and animal, we’ve picked out some of the best dolphin tours available here.

WAVE RUNNER DOLPHIN CRUISE
FROM $65.00 PER PERSON
Get up close and personal with the majestic dolphins that call these waters home on a memorable cruise with Crab Island Dolphin Tours, one of Destin’s most popular and well-established tour operators. As dedicated dolphin cruises, the company also offers sunset and fireworks trips on a choice of two vessels: the Pontoon, which can accommodate up to 15 guests, and the Wave Runner, which is ideal for those who like a little more speed on the water.
BOOK AT CRAB ISLAND DOLPHIN TOURS

SUNSET DOLPHIN CRUISE WITH FIREWORKS
FROM $28.00 PER PERSON
Dolphins, fireworks, sunsets and amazing ocean views … if anyone’s thinking of a dramatic way to pop the big question to that special someone, then you won’t get much more impressive than this incredible 2-hour cruise. But engagement or not, the experience will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. After meeting you guide in Destin, you’ll be shown to your boat before sailing through Destin Harbor on your way into the Gulf of Mexico. Here you’ll be encouraged to look out for dolphins swimming nearby, as well as sharks, sting, rays, and loggerhead turtles. After that, it’s time for the pyrotechnics, and from your ocean vantage point you’ll get to see dazzling fireworks bursting into the sky before your journey home.
BOOK AT VIATOR

DOLPHIN WATCH CRUISE INTO GULF OF MEXICO
FROM $28.00 PER PERSON
A total of 75 minutes of pure exhilaration awaits you on this fantastic cruise, which gives guests the chance to experience close encounters with the region’s famous dolphin population. Accompanied by an informative guide, you’ll be transported across the pristine waters of the world famous Destin Harbor, sail through East Pass before entering the Gulf of Mexico, all the while admiring the picture-perfect views. As dolphins, you might also spot other exotic sea life including giant sharks, gliding stingrays, and loggerhead turtles.

Get up close and personal with the majestic dolphins that call these waters home on a memorable cruise with Crab Island Dolphin Tours, one of Destin’s most popular and well-established tour operators. Helmed by the friendly and knowledgeable Captain Wayne, cruises typically last around four hours and during that time you’re pretty much guaranteed to be in constant sight of dolphins. As dedicated dolphin cruises, the company also offers sunset and fireworks trips on a choice of two vessels: the Pontoon, which can accommodate up to 15 guests, and the Wave Runner, which is ideal for those who like a little more speed on the water.
A total of 75 minutes of pure exhilaration awaits you on this fantastic cruise, which gives guests the chance to experience close encounters with the region’s famous dolphin population. As dolphins, you might also spot other exotic sea life including giant sharks, gliding stingrays, and loggerhead turtles.

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History of Flipper Series

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Flipper

 

Recording started in the early summertime of 1964, and the very first episode of Season 1 was transmitted on September 19, 1964, with the series ending with the 28th episode of Season 3 being transmitted on April 15, 1967; revealing on NBC Saturday nights 7:30– 8:00 pm, making 88 episodes in overall. One episode (episode 3 in Season 1 called “SOS Dolphin”) was shot previously in 1964 as a pilot instantly after the shooting of Flipper’s New Adventure was finished.

In its launching weather in the 1964-65 United States network tv schedule, Flipper was a substantial scores success, score in the Top 25 specifically facing the long standing and popular The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS. Scores decreased just a little in Season 2 1965-66 United States network tv schedule buoyed by its distance to NBC’s popular brand-new Saturday night reveals I Dream of Jeannie and Get Smart. Scores fell dramatically in Season 3 versus the strong increase in scores for Gleason’s program.

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Flipper Lyrics

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No-one you see, is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper, lives in a world full of wonder,
Flying there-under, under the sea!

Everyone loves the king of the sea,
Ever so kind and gentle is he,
Tricks he will do when children appear,
And how they laugh when he’s near!

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No-one you see, is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper, lives in a world full of wonder,
Flying there-under, under the sea!
Copyright: Lyrics © Original Writer and Publisher


source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/flipperlyrics.html

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Are Dolphins Really Smart?

Are Dolphins Really Smart?

 

” The biggest problem researchers are running into seems to be the actual definition of intelligence:”  When studying the neo-cortex, which is the outside surface of the brain that is responsible for forming thoughts, memories and perceptions, dolphins have more convolution than the most intelligent humans. It is thought that dolphins may also be able to use the hemispheres of their brain separately as they have separate blood supplies which is something that is exclusive only to the dolphin. To add more weight to this supposition, dolphins are also able to move their eyes independently which has lead some researchers to suggest that the dolphin may actually be able to sleep with one side of it’s brain at a time.

The bottle-nose dolphin has a brain mass at birth that is 42.5% of that of an adult humans brain mass.  At 18 months, the brain mass of the bottle-nose dolphin is 80% of the adult human, who doesn’t usually achieve this level until the age of three or four. While the research that has been obtained certainly makes it look like the dolphin may be the closest to our own level of intelligence, it may be quite some time before it’s actually prove. Until then, they’re true capabilities will remain a mystery.

While most of us outside the scientific realm know that dolphins do communicate with each other and they’re one of the most playful animals in the universe, we’ve never been exposed to the intricacies of the dolphin’s brain. It is thought that dolphins may also be able to use the hemispheres of their brain separately as they have separate blood supplies which is something that is exclusive only to the dolphin. To add more weight to this supposition, dolphins are also able to move their eyes independently which has lead some researchers to suggest that the dolphin may actually be able to sleep with one side of it’s brain at a time.

The Ongoing Debate about Dolphin Intelligence:

 

If you were to step out into the street and ask the first ten people you see whether or not they believed dolphins were creatures of intelligence, 8 of 10 would probably say yes. You just may be opening up a debate that could last for hours if you ask two scientists the exact same question. Most scientists to-date have refused to take a firm stand on the intelligence level of the dolphin, and although many will admit that dolphins seem to be intelligent creatures, it is not a proven fact. The biggest problem researchers are running into seems to be the actual definition of intelligence and the way it can be tested in animals. Darwin’s theory bases intelligence on the ability of a species to recognize what it needs to survive, while other schools of thought believe the size and architecture of the brain, the ability to communicate, or the ability to exhibit playfulness are the indicators.

Because it’s expensive and difficult to do in the wild, another reason that the research on dolphin intelligence is limited is. Dolphins in captivity, may respond differently based on their surroundings and are therefore may not be representative of the wild dolphin. While the U.S. Navy has carried out extensive research on the dolphin and have even trained them to search and even tag mines, that information has not been released to the public. While most of us outside the scientific realm know that dolphins do communicate with each other and they’re one of the most playful animals in the universe, we’ve never been exposed to the intricacies of the dolphin’s brain. You may surprised to know that the dolphin brain is actually much larger than the human brain.


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Grave of Flipper

Grave of Flipper

Flipper statue at the Dolphin Research Center.

Grave of Flipper, TV Dolphin, Marathon, Florida

The final resting place of Flipper, TV hero dolphin of the 1960s. Or, actually, heroine dolphin.

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Back in the early sixties, the DRC was known as Santini’s Porpoise School. It was run by Milton Santini, a pioneer in dolphin husbandry and training. Mitzi, who was Santini’s first pupil, was picked to star as Flipper in the original movie (with “Branded” heartthrob Chuck Connors), which was filmed at the School.

It may shock some to learn that Flipper was a she, although a male stunt dolphin, Mr. Gipper, did all of Flipper’s tail-walking (Mitzi never could master that trick). Nevertheless, the dolphin who nudged wayward boats to safety, knocked guns out of poachers’ hands with well-timed leaps, and warned Bud and Sandy whenever danger lurked, was a lady.

Two hours south of Miami on US 1 is Grassy Key, a subtropical island in the heart of the Florida Keys. At mile marker 59, on the Gulf side, stands a 30-foot concrete statue of a mother and baby dolphin. This marks the entrance to the Dolphin Research Center, a serious-minded facility devoted to education and public awareness. It is also the final resting place of the most famous dolphin ever– Mitzi, better known to the world by her stage name, Flipper.

Mitzi’s lively screen presence made the film (and its accompanying TV series) a hit, and she became a beloved celebrity at Grassy Key. When she died, of a heart attack, she was buried beneath a dolphin statue in the School’s courtyard. The DRC maintains the grave, and in honor of her accomplishments, they always make it the first stop on the tour. A small plaque reads:

Dedicated to the memory of Mitzi
The original Flipper
1958 -1972

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Mitzi left no progeny, but Mr. Gipper did. His daughter, Tursy, is also a fine tail-walker.

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Dolphin Tale [Blu-ray]

This dolphin movie is an inspiring story of the bond between animals and humans, a boy named Sawyer discovers an injured dolphin, who is brought to a marine hospital and named Winter. Unfortunately, her injuries cost Winter her tail, without which she may not survive. But with Sawyer’s devotion, a marine biologist’s (Harry Connick Jr.) and the brilliance of a prosthetist (Morgan Freeman) charged with creating a new tail, Winter may receive a second chance at life.

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