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Distance Learning Program: Marine Mammal Health

Length of Time:

30-45 Min

National Standards met:

  • Content Standard C – Organisms and Their Environment
  • Content Standard C – Regulation and Behavior
  • Content Standard F – Populations, Resources, and Environments
  • Content Standard F – Science and Technology in Society

FL. Next Generation Standards met:

  • (interdependence) SC.912.L.15.5, SC.912.L.17.2, SC.912.L.17.3, SC.912.L.17.6, SC.912.L.17.8, SC.912.L.17.15, SC.912.L.17.16
  • (literary analysis) LA.910.2.2.3, LA.910.2.2.5
  • (Communication)  LA.1112.5.2.1

(Other state standards upon request)

Ocean Literacy Principles met:

  • OLP 1.a, c, d, e, f, g, h
  • OLP 5.a, b, c, d, e, f
  • OLP 6.a, c, e, f, g
  • OLP 7.a, b, c, d, e, f, g

Other state standards can be met upon request


An experienced marine mammal trainer/educator will lead students through a fun and informative demonstration and discussion of the following with the help of some of DRC’s amazing dolphins

  • Discover how we learn about our dolphins and their unique personality
  • Observe and understand the importance of building strong, trusting relationships with the dolphins
  • Discover basic principles behind Operant Conditioning and how we use it with our dolphins
    • Conditioned vs. unconditioned reinforcers and how we use them
    • How we use successive approximation (small steps) to train husbandry behaviors
  • Observe and hear how our dolphins voluntarily participate in their own medical care:
    • Body Inspections & weighing
    • Giving various samples allowing us to assess their internal health (ex. blood, bile, blowhole/nasal, fecal, urine, etc.)
    • Assisted hydration
    • Ultrasound
  • Learn About Ocean Conservation
    • Why understanding a dolphin’s physiology helps their wild cousins
    • Threats facing the health of wild dolphins and their environment
    • How you can help them and their environment      
  • Participate in a question and answer session at the end to get at those “always wanted to know” questions.


Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.
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