Water-testing the MVA3 Robin's bag did not arrive, so I was the one to jump in with the empty MVA3 housing. The MVA3 is the third version of the mobile video/acoustic array that we finished building on Sunday afternoon. John help and did most of the fabrication for the MVA3. We will post pictures at some point before the end of October.
Well, this housing is mechanical and one of the DAT (echolocation click recorder) glands leaked. Not bad, just a trickle, but too much.
A shuttle ride, three flights & another shuttle ride to get to RIMS & AKR. Robin Paulos is one of my graduate students at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is studying the ontogeny of dolphin behavior and comparing the spotted and bottlenose dolphins that DCP has been studying. Why do I mention her here? Well, Robin is my field assistant for the next 6 weeks.
We both were exhausted after our long days of travel but full of excitement at the newly beginning program.
in Honduras, at the Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences This weekend is spent packing gear and supplies for a 6 week field season to Roatan Island, 27 miles north of Honduras. We will be staying at Anthony's Key Resort studying the 16 bottlenose dolphins at the Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences (RIMS). The dolphins range in age from less than one year to ~25 yrs old.
Buster was very curious about the hydrophone flexibility Today the dolphins were loud and active and mobile. Buster has been doing open water dives and might be feeling his oats. We are not really sure what was going on with Rita when she burst swam past Kathleen but this swim included a few leaps. Luckily she was just far enough away from Kathleen.
The wind picked up in the latter part of our afternoon session creating a silty and not good underwater visbility situation. Hard to film something that you cannot really see.