DURATION: 1:35

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SHOTLIST:

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Grassy Key, Florida Keys - July 3 2013

1. Tanner and trainer performing research game

2. Wide of previous shot

3. Tight of Tanner

4. wide of same shot during research game

5. Tight of research game, spinning in circles

6. SOUNDBITE (English): Dr. Kelly Jaakola, Researcher (transcript below)

7. Outside Dolphin Research Center facility

8. Tanner with trainer performing a second action

9. Wide of same imitation action

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10. underwater footage with echolocation sound

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Grassy Key, Florida Keys - July 3 2013

11. Tight of Tanner in water

12. SOUNDBITE (English): Dr. Kelly Jaakola, Researcher (transcript below)

13. Wide of professor at desk

14. Tight of professor at desk

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Janet Mann/Georgetown University Professor (transcript below)

16. Tanner with trainer performing a third action during imitation game

17. Wide of Tanner doing same action

18. Tanner jumping out of water

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

NAT "Are you ready? He says yes. Come on in here."

TANNER, A BOTTLNOSE DOLPHIN, IS USED TO MIMICKING OTHER DOLPINS.

NAT "Ready to play the research game? Here we go. You are going to imitate…"

BUT A RECENT STUDY SHOWS HE CAN ALSO IMITATE HUMANS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Kelly Jaakola/Researcher

"What we found was really interesting and surprising. First of all, yes, they could still imitate even with the new sound of a person doing the behavior. But to do it, they switched strategies."

THE STUDY WAS DONE HERE AT THE DOLPHI N RESEARCH CENTER IN THE FLORIDA KEYS.

NAT "Alright buddy ready? You're going to imitate…"

RESEARCHERS FOUND BY TAKING AWAY TANNER'S SIGHT, HE COULD STILL COPY HIS TRAINER'S MOVES USING ECHOLOCATION.

MUST CREDIT: Dolphin Research Center

NAT of echolocation/sound underwater

ECHOLOCATION REFERS TO A DOLPHIN'S ABILITY TO EMIT SOUNDS, LISTEN TO THE ECHO AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THOSE RETURNING SOUND WAVES REPRESENT.

NAT "You got the imitating…"

TANNER HAD TO MAKE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO USE IT TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE HUMAN WAS DOING.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Kelly Jaakola/Dolphin Research Center

"When he couldn't use his initial strategy of trying to recognize it, he had to come at it a different way, switch strategies and use new information. And that's problem solving."

BUT GEORGETOWN UNIVERISTY PROFESSOR JANET MANN SAYS DOLPHINS CONSTANLY ADJUST TO GET NEW INFORMATION.

SOUNDBITE (English) Janet Mann/Biology & Pyschology Professor

"And they may just echolocate more when there's a human in the water regardless of whether they are trying to imitate or not."

NAT of water

STILL, RESEARCHERS SAY THE STUDY IS WORTH NOTING BECAUSE FLEXIBILITY WITH IMITATION HAS ONLY BEEN SHOWN IN HUMANS _ UNTIL NOW.

SUZETTE LABOY, ASSOCIATED PRESS