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A Dolphin Tale

Alumnus Makes Studying Orange County’s Bottlenose Dolphins His Life’s Work

A college student’s question launched Dennis L. Kelly’s nearly four decades of bottlenose dolphin research.

The recent graduate — he’d earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science in 1971 and a master’s degree in biology three years later — was teaching a biology course at Orange Coast College in 1974. The more he talked about dolphins, the more his students perked up. “They were actually listening,” he remembered.

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