As we prepared for Sunday’s dolphin trip, we couldn’t help but wonder how much we were going to be able to search for dolphins. The weather forecast was not in our favor, yet, the conditions seemed to be improving. So, we headed out and were pleasantly surprised with the calm conditions! The sky was only partly cloudy and as the seas continued to calm, the guests saw splashing in the distance. We headed over and were greeting by two young Atlantic spotted dolphins – it was hard to tell if they had developed their first spots, but we did not see any adults around them. They were chasing fish and one went on a leaping frenzy! It was amazing! Before we could attempt to observe the two under water, they were gone. On our way home, we also got a quick glimpse of Tilly (#87). She did not stay by the boat very long and we did not see anyone else with her. Of course, just because we did not see any other dolphins does not mean they were not there; but it is very unusual to get such a quick glimpse of Tilly who is normally quite interactive with us.

All in all, a great day! Stay tuned from updates throughout the week.

Until next time,
Kel

DCP would like to extend a big hello to Harkomal, a fifth grader participating in DCP’s Online Classroom Connection program.  Hello Harkomal!  He’ll be spending time learning about dolphins over the next month and sharing what he learns with his classmates.  Today, I’ll be directing him to particular areas of this website.  All of you out there are welcome to play along too!

So, Harkomal, my name is Kelly Melillo Sweeting.  Let’s start with a sort of internet scavenger hunt to help you get to know me, DCP, our dolphins and our website.  Read below – and just check in with your teacher if you have questions:

What does DCP stand for?  Can you find the ‘What is DCP’ link?  We study 3 different species (types) of dolphins in 3 different countries – do you know what and where they are?  When we study wild dolphins away from the United States, do we chase or touch them?  Should you? Using this website (or another resource) can you find the Latin or scientific names for the dolphin species we study? There is an episode of The DolphinPod called ‘The Dolphin Species Song.’ What do you think of that?

Can you find my short biography?  Where was I born?  Do you know where I got my Master’s degree? Do you know the title of my thesis?

I lead DCP’s Bimini field site.  Can you find the link to DCP’s Research Sites?  What country is Bimini in?  Can you find it on a map?

Later, check out “Dolphin Speak” a behavior game under ‘About Dolphins.’ There, you’ll meet DCP’s Director, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski. And hopefully you’ll learn some new things about dolphin behavior too!

Talk to you soon!
-Kel

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