TBSK Monthly Meeting Speaker
Everyone knows that dolphins are one of the world's smartest animals. But did you also know the dolphins mourn their dead, use grammar, break out when they're upset, dress-up for each other, say “I'm sorry" after a fight and even play with sharks? Say, what is the relationship between dolphins and sharks at sea, anyway?
Dr. Weaver is an animal behaviorist who has worked with 200 species of animals but specializes in apes, monkeys and dolphins. She has studied free ranging dolphins in five places in the world. Her current behavior study asks whether the dolphins of John's Pass were affected, good or bad, by a five-year bridge construction project to replace an old bridge over John's Pass, St. Petersburg Florida. She has surveyed her John's Pass study area over a 1000 times now. Dr. Weaver will use a remarkable set of photographs – close enough to touch the dolphins yourself – to get you marveling about dolphin personalities, seeing with sound, and swimming naked all night with sharks around…. and how construction might have affected them.
Dr. Weaver will talk about how she got to know 355 individually-identified dolphins on a" first name" basis, and how she came to live her hypnotic lifestyle spending more time with these intelligent powerful creatures at home at sea than with people. She is former Dean of statistics of research at a small college in Sarasota, is the author of two statistics books, winner of an Emmy for a documentary on her research, and winner of a first-place award for journalism from the Florida Press Association 2011 competition for her newspaper column Dolphin Watch. She currently runs a statistical consulting service.