The trainers were very accommodating to our needs, allowing us to accomplish everything we had set out to do. The facility is home to a total of 16 animals, although this will soon be 18, as two of the females are very pregnant! As of now, there are 8 females and 8 males, kept separate from one another with the exception of young male Goombay, who is only 9 months old and therefore still with his mother, Dot. There are a total of 5 sea pens and the dolphins are occasionally moved between them to accommodate the facility’s programs and allow them time to rest. DE offers “swim-with” and “encounter” programs four times a day for their guests. When we weren’t focused on the dolphins, we enjoyed observing guests’ reactions—and even our own sometimes!
Our objectives include: gathering ambient noise recordings using a hydrophone and DAT recorder; underwater video and acoustic recordings with the MVA1; and still images of the dolphins for identification purposes. Today we spent time getting a handle on things and were able to get morning, afternoon and late afternoon ambient noise recordings as well as 1 hour of underwater video. We also made our daily phone call to Mystic Aquarium’s Dolphin Immersion program, which went very well.
Up early tomorrow morning in order to catch the 7:30 ferry to Blue Lagoon, where DE is located. We hope tomorrow goes just as well!
Kathy, Kelly, Darcie and Kristine