HERA Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins

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HERA Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins

HERA for Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins

Georgia Aquarium is committed to the research and preservation of aquatic animals around the world, including the bottlenose dolphin. Aquarium researchers have participated in the bottlenose dolphin Health and Environmental Risk Assessment Project (HERA) since 2003. The HERA Project aims in part to develop standardized tools for health and risk assessment, and to explore associations between health status and the environmental stressors.

The study focuses on bottlenose dolphins in two nearby coastal regions - Charleston, South Carolina and Florida's Indian River Lagoon. Studying the dolphins' health can help us monitor the overall health of their ecosystem and may provide valuable information on animal and human health, because bottlenose dolphins serve as a sentinel species for ocean and human health.

HERA plays an important role in understanding the health of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and the possible threats facing the lagoon ecosystem. Applying our expert animal and veterinary care at the Aquarium into Florida and South Carolina waters helps maximize the research collected from dolphin health assessments and ultimately ensure that these magnificent marine mammals thrive in their natural environment.