On Friday, I headed out with Al and two guests who were scouting for a future project. The seas were fairly calm, but water visibility was varied depending onBIM11_T15_2TtSf our exact location.  At 16:22 we saw something leaping in the distance and on our way to investigate, we passed a small group of bottlenose dolphins. It turns out we were seeing lots of surface activity from a mixed species group up ahead – both bottlenose and Atlantic spotted dolphins. I wasn’t able to get many individual IDs as the group was keeping their distance from the boat and on the move. In this photo, it appears that the bottlenose were in pursuit of the spotteds (at least at this moment!). I did see un-named #75 (an adult male) and possibly Buster (#04). A short time later, I saw Leslie (#80), Lil’ Jess (#35) and possibly Cerra (#38) each with calf in tow and un-named #93 riding the bow! We got a good look at a juvenile male under water; I can’t wait to review the video to see if this guy will be a new addition to our catalog or if he’s an already cataloged youngster who just got a lot of new spots in the off-season.

We had several more water entries including two with Lone Star (#56). She appeared to have her own calf and someone else’s. It also appeared that the adults got bored with the humans first, but the youngsters might have preferred to stick around. It was great being back on the water after a short break at the beginning of the month. Hopefully the winds will cooperate so we can get a few more trips in next week!

Until then,
Kel

BIM11_UNBbeachCleanupSorry for the delay in posting this field report. The UNBSJ field course wrapped up earlier this month and it was a huge success! The students were a great group and it was great having Dr. Turnbull and Jenn on-island once again. Unfortunately, the final day on the boat was rough and kept us out of prime dolphin areas. We tried our best to will the bottlenose dolphins to cross our paths, but it didn’t happen. On Monday, we wrapped up the course with discussion about ‘The Cove’ and eco-tourism before heading to Radio Beach for an intense beach clean-up. Supplies for the clean-up were sponsored by DCP Conservation Member Elisheva Kaplan. A big thank you to Elisheva and the UNB team who worked that beach, leaving nothing behind! Here you can see the evidence of their hard work, with the Bimini blue water as a backdrop – not bad!

It was great having all of you in Bimini – thanks for your hard work and enthusiasm UNBSJ! Can't wait for next year's group!

Until next time,
Kel

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