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You can make a difference. Join our cause and donate in order to make this extraordinary project become a reality!  Donations will go directly towards the purchase of: Major Equipment, Boats, Hydrophones, Drones, Database Management & PhD student salaries, Field Work Costs, Food, and other forecasted needs which will last through the longevity of this 10-year long study...

 

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    Though our ambition is great, our budget relatively modest and we promise that the scientific discoveries we produce over the next decade will be game-changing. We hope that you will join our effort. Tax deductible donations may be made to The Dolphin Alliance Project (a 501c3 foundation) ((EIN: 465320882), c/o The Dolphin Decade, P.O. Box 6449, New Bedford, MA 02740. For more information contact us at: info@thedolphindecade.org


    The Dolphin Decade looks to discover...

    • The biggest alliance so far discovered had an incredible 14 males--Do even larger ones exist in Shark Bay? The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • Why do dolphins consort females more in trios in the north and pairs in the south? Are they safer in trios because there are more large sharks? The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • Are males in trios and larger groups more in the north because there are larger schools of fish for them up north? The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • Do dolphins need to be in larger groups up north because their rivals can hear them better (if sound travels better in the open water up north compared to the south). The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • We do not know the alliances well at the top of Peron Peninsula, but everything indicates that area to be ground zero for the complexity of dolphin politics in Shark Bay!  Will we find even more complex alliances?  Will the top of Peron Peninsula prove the have the most complex social interactions in the most complex non-human society on earth? The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • Who fathers the infants? Do males in pairs and trios 'share equally' or is there a dominant male who gets the 'lions share' of matings? The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • Most males do not ally with relatives, but do they when they get the chance? The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • Do males call for help when they get into fights with rivals? Do they call using the names of allies or just a general call for help? The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • Alliances cooperate to take females from rivals. How do they recruit allies for this task? Do they use specific ways of touching and our sounds? The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • Are there dominance relationships BETWEEN alliances (the groups of 4-14?). If so, do alliance move away when dominant rival alliances are approaching? The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • Dolphin allies perform incredible synchronous displays around females. Are the dolphins being creative and making up displays 'as they go'? The dolphin Decade will find out!
    • Do dolphins use sound in a similar creative way? The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • Almost nothing is known about how dolphins use their huge repertoire of non-whistle sounds in communication. The Dolphin Decade will find out!
    • How do dolphin alliances form from all the friendships males have as juveniles? The Dolphin Decade will find out!