The Indianapolis Prize announced the nomination of Randall Wells, a Sarasota dolphin researcher, for its 2014 prize, considered the world’s top award for animal conservation. Wells is the director of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, the world's longest-running study of a wild dolphin population. Since 1970, the program, a collaboration between Mote Marine Laboratory and the Chicago Zoological Society has conducted research on bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay, the home of more than 160 identifiable dolphins spanning at least five generations
The other nominees for the Indianapolis Prize include anthropologist Jane Goodall and ocean conservationist Carl Safina. Six finalists will be selected in the spring, and the winner will be announced mid-2014.
Here's Wells talking about the history of the dolphin project:
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