TRAINING AND OPEN RELEASE OF AN ATLANTIC BOTTLENOSE PORPOISE TURSIOPS TRUNCATUS (MONTAGU).
NAVAL ORDNANCE TEST STATION CHINA LAKE CALIF
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A female Atlantic bottlenose porpoise, Tursiops truncatus Montagu, was adapted to wearing a harness and conditioned to seek out a device emitting an acoustic signal. This response was reliably elicited in situations unusual to the animal and over distances in excess of 400 meters. The program was climaxed by tests in the open ocean. Standard techniques of operant conditioning were employed. Factors affecting animal reliability and control are discussed. Author