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SCU students spend an afternoon at DMM

Recently, Dolphin Marine Magic (DMM) was joined by students from Southern Cross University who are pursuing both, undergraduate and graduate degrees
in marine science. In partnership with the National Marine Science Centre, the students completed practical experiences collecting data on the
behavior of DMM’s Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus), New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri)
and Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea). Throughout the week, students completed behavioural observations on the animals
and analyzed resultant data. They observed dolphin behavior with respect to different types of environmental enrichment and seal behavior with
respect to enclosure location, type and size. The students were also given hands-on dolphin and sea lion anatomy lessons with the DMM’s animals.
This helped the students connect the information learned in the classroom to a practical experience. These practical lessons are concurrent with
DMM’s motto of, “EXPERIENCE. DISCOVER. ACT.” By engaging in programs such as this, DMM endeavor to inspire the next generation of marine scientists
by gaining them valuable practical experiences and knowledge of marine species and their environment.

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