DCP RIMS 2013 video!!

Just in time for the holiday! DCP is proud to share the RIMS 2013 DCP research video. RIMS Video 2013 from John Anderson on Vimeo.Thank you to DCP's Fund-A-Geek sponsors and our trip participants! Your support made our 2013 trip to Roatan to continue DCP's
study of the social interactions of the bottlenose dolphins who call
RIMS home possible.

My research trip to RIMS last week was very successful!
I was able to collect 6 hours of video - roughly one hour per day, collected in two sessions per day. There are 19 dolphins at Bailey's Key for RIMS. On this trip, I met 7 new individuals born between summer 2011 and 2013. These 7 youngsters were very rambunctious and playful and quite curious about my MVA camera and me. Most juveniles are more inquisitive than older individuals of a social species, dolphins are no exception.

Last Day of Data Collection

Our last early morning began well, but was cut short because
Polly and Ronnie decided my fins were just too tempting! I did not want to stay
in and reward their playful behavior since I’d prefer the dolphins to ignore
me. I am focused on recording dolphin-dolphin interactions, not inquisitive
actions toward me. But, the second session was awesome! The younger dolphins
were very playful and allowed to play for about 15 minutes until they got a bit
over-excited. That’s when the moms took charge and corralled their youngsters
into infant position for a collective time out.