Blog & Field Reports

New DCP Shop!

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Deep Dive: Distribution of dolphins in nearshore Bimini waters In this talk, you’ll learn more about DCP’s study on the sympatric distribution of Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins immediately off Bimini’s shores. How do these two dolphin species stay separate? And what type of behaviors do we observe in this nearshore area? This Deep Dive is geared toward ages 14+, but all are welcome. Contact DCP if you’d like a copy of the article in advance! Wednesday 30 November 2022, 7:00 p.m. ET (New York, Miami)

The Dolphin Pod Episode 22

Dolphins are pretty strange when it comes to the way they treat strangers. Unlike most primates (including humans) two completely different social groups - including different species - are able to integrate their societies without any violence whatsoever. Find out how DCP researchers Kelly Melillo-Sweeting and Nicole Danaher-Garcia discovered that the spotted dolphins living around Bimini are able to live peacefully alongside bottlenose dolphins AND how these Bimini spotted welcomed a group of four dozen "refugee" spotted dolphins into their society without batting an eye. Dolphins are pretty strange when it comes to the way they treat strangers. Unlike most primates (including humans,) when two separate dolphin societies (including different species) share the same space, they can integrate their societies without any violence whatsoever. Find out how DCP researchers Kelly Melillo-Sweeting and Nicole Danaher-Garcia discovered that the spotted dolphins living around Bimini are able to live peacefully alongside bottlenose dolphins AND how these Bimini spotted welcomed a group of four dozen "refugee" spotted dolphins into their society without batting an eye.

Did you check out Kathleen's latest peer-reviewed papers? One paper involved killer whales and the "innovate concept." Another focused on bottlenose dolphins and....human preschoolers! Both are available as free downloads.

A big thank you to DCP Board Member John Anderson for this great, ~14 min video highlighting DCP's college-level field courses at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS). DCP Director Kathleen leads these courses, simultaneously meeting DCP's research and education goals.

Wrapping Up A Great Week!

Return travel went well for everyone and catching up on emails and regular mail and laundry and the like kept at least me busy for a day or two, if not most of us. You can see the delighted smiles on everyone’s face in our last group photo from Saturday that we had a great week of diving, snorkeling, and dolphin research! Even given the ...

Come learn more about the lateralization of socio-sexual behavior of belugas at this free Deep Dive webinar, led by Dr. Malin Lilley!

I actually could see the dolphins underwater this morning when they played with each other … and when they tried to entice me to play, as you can see with Ronnie here. He pulled a piece of sargasso seaweed from the fence line and tried to get me to take it and play a game of fetch with it! But … I was observing and being as non-invasive as possible. This meant I could not play a game of seaweed with Ronnie.

Our visibility increased for a good 30-minute session this morning. Bailey was one of the first dolphins we saw, and she turned 17 today! We all told her Happy Birthday. There was much splashing at the surface, especially from Tank, Lenca, and Ronnie. ...

Mac is Back!!

Our day began with the worst underwater visibility I have ever experienced. The featured photo is Ronnie and Lenca … their heads are within a few inches of me and I could not see their flukes! I was only in the water for about 3 minutes. I truly hope the visibility improves tomorrow. The angst of two ...