Well folks, today makes this experimental winter season worth it! It was a great day. Just like the other three trips, the day started with bottlenose dolphins & I was able to get some good dorsal fin photographs for identification purposes. Then we saw more bottlenose, but this small group was more evasive. Then came the spotteds! It was a group of mothers & calves. And we were able to get in the water. They were very curious & the water clarity was okay considering how much wind there has been lately. As I was recording this group of mothers & calves (with a few juveniles thrown in for good measure, including Romeo (#10)), I hear the captain of the boat calling my name: “Kel, Kel, swim to the other side of the boat! The bottlenose & the spotteds are together!” Of course I swam to check it out – and there they were (including Billy (#64))! And they were feisty! They were so active however, that it made recording focal follows near impossible. Even so, I think I got some good video for my thesis. I am a happy dolphin researcher. Until next time, Kel
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