A Blue View: Dolphin Intelligence and Cognition
Published October 10, 2012
A Blue View is a weekly perspective on the life aquatic, hosted by National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli.
From the smallest plants and animals invisible to the human eye to entire ecosystems, every living thing depends on and is intricately linked by water.
Tune in to 88.1 WYPR every Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. EST as John brings to the surface important issues and fascinating discoveries making waves in the world today.
Dolphin Intelligence Series
October 9, 2012: Dolphin Intelligence Series - Part Two: Underwater Keyboard Study
Listen to Dr. Diana Reiss and John Racanelli discuss her latest experiment with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins here.
Dr. Diana Reiss, a cognitive psychologist, professor of psychology at Hunter College in New York, and research scientist, joined John Racanelli for a two-part series on the intelligence and cognition of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
Dr. Reiss has taken a truly innovative approach to working with these highly-intelligent mammals. In a recent experiment, she gave the dolphins the ability to ask for things by using an underwater keyboard!
September 25, 2012: Dolphin Intelligence Series - Part One: Bubble Ring Play
Listen to Dr. Diana Reiss and John Racanelli discuss her examination of "bubble ring play" with our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins here.
Dr. Diana Reiss has conducted research on dolphin cognition all over the world, including here at the National Aquarium. One of the studies Dr. Reiss has conducted examines what she calls “bubble ring play.”
Our youngest dolphin Bayley starting exhibiting "bubble ring play" at only two years old! Check out this video on how we train our dolphins:
**Due to some technical issues with WYPR's broadcast, our session originally broadcast on October 4, 2012, discussing Eastern Oyster Recovery, was unavailable to post until now. Click here to listen to John discuss the importance of restoring oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay.