Fifty Years of Flukes & Flippers: A Little History & by William E. Evans

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By William E. Evans

This booklet is a mix heritage of a few points of Marine Mammal technological know-how and a story of a different voyage through the writer into the realm of marine mammals. even if the examine of marine mammals has a truly lengthy heritage, the trendy period of study didn't begin in any critical method until eventually the 1950's. on the finish of the battle, Marineland of Florida got here to existence and supplied an entire new adventure for most people to view and examine dolphins (primarily the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin), up shut and private. It was once additionally the beginning of a brand new method and curiosity in learn to appreciate how those impressive mammals have tailored to the marine atmosphere. This used to be the beginning of many possibilities to attempt and resolution the various questions that experience intrigued scientist for hundreds of years. because the author's advent to this new undertaking begun in 1956 this publication makes a speciality of the improvement of this attention-grabbing box of technology from that interval as much as the present.The tale is instructed from his standpoint as an lively player. this day there are millions of devoted younger scientists operating with marine mammals. regrettably few of them understand a lot of the attention-grabbing historical past in their technological know-how. it's our wish that this e-book will deal with that factor. Dr. William E. Evans, is a Professor Emeritus of the Marine Biology division, Texas A&M college Galveston. he's one of many first workforce of scientists that made up the cadre of the Navy's Marine Mammal application which began within the 1960' at a Naval Base in Southern California. His basic region of analysis in the course of his 10 years with the USA military application used to be marine mammal communion and echolocation. It ended in the layout of a distinct examine platform for looking at and recording dolphins underwater and for radio telemetric examine of a number of species.During his profession, Dr Ewans used to be a Director of the Hubbs Sea international learn Institute, a md of the Marine Mammal fee with over sight tasks for the Marine Mammal defense, affiliate Administrator of the nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric management (NOAA), and Dean of the Texas Maritime collage. at the moment he a visitor Professor on the collage of Notre Dame, and coping with Editor of the "American Midland Naturalist". Dr. Evans is the writer of over 100 medical and well known articles. he's the writer and co-author of 4 books together with a little ones booklet a few "Gray Whale GIGI".

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We were able to procure specimens of small pelagic (open ocean) dolphins caught in the yellow fin tuna fishery in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, as well as some bottlenose dolphin skulls. We placed a small sound source in the blowhole of a small dolphin skull, attached it to a harness and onto a device designed to allow us to slowly turn the carcass in an arch, while recording the sound pressure level of the sound source at various frequencies as a function of angle. , 1964). Although this was not directly related to the sound source issue, it was a related piece of that puzzle.

It was necessary to control her position if we were to get accurate measurements of her sonar beam while she was actively echolocating. We then turned the task into a discrimination task by adding targets that varied in target strength by one-decibel increments. The target strength could be controlled by varying the thickness of the metal plates that were the targets. Doris was trained to swim through a series of metal pipe guides designed to control her approach to the target area. In the morning after installing the pipe guides, I went to the pool and found all of them flat on the floor of the pool.

Evans. Fifty Years of Flukes and Flippers of gray matter that invest the brain’s surface. Having studied a number of land mammals, they did not anticipate any problems. Unfortunately they did not understand the difficulty they would encounter in anesthetizing a dolphin which has a very different respiratory system than land mammals. Dolphins are apenustic breathers – they inhale and hold their breath, then exhale when at the surface. Because of its lack of understanding of this specialized breathing adaptation, the Johns Hopkins Expedition ended up killing several dolphins, forcing them to abandon the project.

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