OFFSHORE BOTTLENOSE! It turns out the “scratchy white” pigmentation on the dorsal side of these animals is fairly typical and has been seen on offshore (aka oceanic) bottlenose before. Thanks to a generous donation to DCP, in the coming weeks we’ll be able to purchase a digital still camera that will allow us to better photograph bottlenose dolphins for photo-ID purposes. This will allow us to continue to collaborate with researchers in other parts of the Bahamas to look for matches – which will then provide us with more information related to the ranges and social patterns of both bottlenose dolphin ecotypes. I do hope our offshore friends visit again once I have the camera in hand!
Until next time,
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