Pioneering Dolphin Researcher on Talking Animals

Talking Animals Jan 18 2012 9:00AM - 10:00AM Add to Calendar

My guest on "Talking Animals" Jan. 18 will be DR. DENISE HERZING, a pioneering researcher who has spent 27 years in Bahamian waters studying Atlantic spotted dolphins, and is considered the world's leading authority on the species.

The focus of this extended study, the Wild Dolphin Project, has been tracking three generations of the same dolphin family, with the research ranging from social structure to mating behavior to language and communication--an area in which Herzing appears poised to make an astonishing breakthrough, which will cement her position as an animal researcher of international prominence.

Indeed, in a recent profile, The Palm Beach Post wrote, "It's not a stretch to say Herzing, 54, is doing what Jane Goodall did for our understanding of chimpanzees, what Dian Fossey did for gorillas."

Herzing, who was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, is also the author of the book, "Dolphin Diaries: My 25 Years With Spotted Dolphins."

Dr. Herzing will speak with us live on "Talking Animals" Jan. 18 at 11am ET, and listeners are invited to participate in the conversation by calling (813-239-9663) or e-mailing (

Thanks, Duncan

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Can Dolphins be trained in the Wild

I'd like to ask the good doctor, if there is any chance in the foreseeable future that Dolphins could have free will to perform live without being held in Captivity, that here could be mentoring tutors who were able to bond with families of dolphins that could voluntarily develop ties with them and offer the their own for voluntary training without them being held in any captive area. Much like the earth mother who brings her weeping child to his first day in the montessori and cajoles it over to her teacher Could that ever happen in the future?