Friday, May 18th, 2001
Today was picture day... well sort of. I didn't have a local, and neither did anyone else except Leonard.
At first, I thought Dr. Herman was doing this type of paradyme so he could introduce the possibilty of a rotated choice (rotated 180 degrees, for example) from the original sample. I had seen this last year when Dr. Potter suggested trying a rotated object for a choice... it was done correctly the first time between echolocation to sight. I know they do plan to study this further, but right now the reason for the visual to visual matching is to develop Hiapo's ability to match samples.
I was able to help with gating after second session. This isn't a difficult job, but an interesting one. Echolocation to echolocation cross modal had just been run with Phoenix, and this meant there were three boxes to take out of the makai tank. Sometimes, a staff member will get in the water with the dolphins to get the boxes out if need be, but it isn't a regular occurance. Usually the dolphins are too hard to control when this happens, and they don't know what could happen, especially when Haipo is getting particularly hormonal. To make things easier, once trials are completed, the trainers move the dolphins into the mauka tank and someone closes the gate to be sure they won't come back over to the boxes. I pulled the gate closed when I was told to, and the dolphins were content to sit by their trainers. I've seen times when Haipo will leave his trainer and go over to the gate, but usually when he's with "the ladies" he doesn't mind.
Once it was time to open it, Mike took over for me and pulled the thing open. All the dolphins were over by the gate at this point and immediately rushed into the other tank to see what was going on. Actually, I think Hiapo told them to go over there. I've seen Hiapo do a LOT of bossing around lately. He seems to be able to control the girls completely. If he doesn't want the girls in a different tank, he'll sit at the channel and guard it.
Geoff delcared today to be official "Go to Jack in the Box for Lunch Day". Far be it from me to refuse an official day, so I walked with Geoff to the closest Jack in the Box up Ward street about 5 or 6 blocks from the lab. It might seem lame to be so into a trip to a fast food restaurant, but being from Canada, we don't get to have Jack in the box very often. It was yummy... =)
I was session monitor for third and fourth sessions, leaving me with a lot of free time to take pictures. Mike was working with Ake and asked me to take a few pics for him. I've never taken staged pictures of the dolphins like this before. I'll have to do it more often, because they really worked out quite well. Even with all the great pictures I've taken, I'm still looking for a really REALLY good dolphin jump picture.
We also had a visitor to the lab today. She was a high school student from Hawaii interested in a career with marine mammals, and she was being brought around with Susie, the education coordinator for the lab. One of the things she did was get a chance to work with one of the dolphins, Akeakamai. It reminded me of my first time with one of the dolphins. This lucky girl was absolutely gitty with joy. I don't think that smile left her face until she left. It reminded me how lucky I was to be doing what I'm doing for these two weeks.
Tomorrow is a tank cleaning/husbandry day, so there isn't much to do for us participants. I'm probably going to see if I can find somewhere around here that will do digital prints for all the people at the lab who have asked for prints of the pictures I've taken, and maybe stop into the lab after that to help out a little.
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You may use the pictures and content from this page for school and personal use ONLY. Please feel free to use the pictures as your desktop background, in school projects, or give them to friends, as long as they are unmodified. The material on this site is NOT permitted to be used on other websites or for comercial use without written permisson from Rob Harrison.
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