Bahamas’ Preparations

Leaving tomorrow.

Well, it is that time again. Bags are packed and plane tickets confirmed. I will be leaving for the Bahamas on a 7:00 AM flight tomorrow. I have watched the weather and so far all looks good. Let's hope it stays that way. My work in the Bahamas on the Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) is similar to what I conducted on the bottlenose dolphins around Mikura Island. The major difference – besides the species of dolphins – is that we are boat-based in the Bahamas as opposed to living on one of the islands. That is, I will live aboard the m/v Hanky Panky and passengers come out to help us gather data … on the dolphins and daily for environmental variables. It is also helpful to have a few extra pair of eyes to help us keep watch while looking for dolphins. Being boat-based means that my updates will come in bulk. I will keep updates on the boat but not be able to post them each night. No satellite hook up out to sea. So, expect to have 4-5 entries at once while we are in port and then a span of time without new entries. So, we start a new trek together tomorrow morning. I hope to be able to sign on again tomorrow night and let you know what it feels like to be back out in the Bahamas. We will have to prep the boat a bit but should be ready for passengers' arrival on Saturday. Cheers and more tomorrow from a sunny (I hope!) and warm climate. Kathleen P.S. We had a few glitches in getting photos from Japan exchanged between me and the fellows keeping this site going (I take all the responsibility here), but the photos should be up within the next day or two. Thanks for your patience, everyone!