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What a Way to Spend New Year’s Day!
02 Jan 2019

What a Way to Spend New Year’s Day!

Today was a packed day! We started at 6 AM at the water taxi to Bailey’s for data collection. We collected data before, during, and after Kathleen’s data collection session. We had a morning lecture and then an afternoon session meeting the dolphins and the trainers. Our evening was topped off with a night snorkel from a boat. Each student shares their thoughts about the day …Sierra – today, we discovered we could love the dolphins even more than we already did!Maddi – There is no way you can be sad when sitting by the dolphins because of all their whistles and noises. Heather – I got a kiss from Bailey and it was the best day of my life…
Happy New Year’s! It’s already 2019, as we celebrated Roatan Midnight!
01 Jan 2019

Happy New Year’s! It’s already 2019, as we celebrated Roatan Midnight!

It’s 8:29 and we are barely awake as we write this field blog. We learned that previous school groups identified 8 PM as Roatan midnight. So, we have done the same and celebrated New Year’s already! Before we slumber and prepare for tomorrow, we will recap our day.We started our day with a beautiful sunrise! We began our observations at Bailey’s Key at 6:16 AM and saw the orange sunrise that highlighted Dr. K, before Kathleen got into the water for data collection (see photo below). Champ and Lenca were feisty and we also saw a bit more of Ronnie and French near to our observation areas. After breakfast, we returned to the RIMS classroom to watch the video collected…
It’s New Year’s Eve Eve on Roatan!
31 Dec 2018

It’s New Year’s Eve Eve on Roatan!

Today, the Rams in Roatan did their first day of data collection, lectures, and snorkeling then finished off the long day with a presentation on fish identification.One of the Rams told us that "waking up at 5am was totally worth it when we got to watch the dolphins for the first time and see the sunrise over the jungle."We were then able to take the field into the classroom as only one or two people started to doze off as the last bit of jetlag began to leave their brains. I bet you everyone would get at least a C or higher on a dolphin anatomy quiz. Now on the names of some of our new friends, we may have…
New Friends
30 Dec 2018

New Friends

  Here is each student’s thought on today – travel and arrival to Roatan!Kyler – it was worth the journal because of the ocean I saw when we arrived to AKR. Marcela – the start of a new journey with new people is always inspiring because we don’t know what’s coming but we know it’ll be exciting.Marissa – upon arrival at Roatan – all exhaustion left me because of the excitement of being in a new place for the first time.Maddi – I think the culture shock of how amazing the staff and people are here was a very nice surprise. They really want us to enjoy our time. Kaelyn – the is the resort that nature built with friendly…
Dixie and Baloo
28 Dec 2018

Wrapping up 2018 and welcoming 2019 on Roatan!

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. Soon I’ll be leaving on a jet plane … Sound familiar? It’s a song … (though for the life of me I cannot at this moment remember the title or artist) but it also nicely describes my routine for preparing for three weeks in the field! I depart tomorrow early (!) for two back-to-back field courses followed by a week of research with two colleagues (Heather and Dee). John will join us on the third week to document our research and studies. So, you’ll get updates here for the next three weeks or so!Our first group, from Colorado State University (CSU) arrives tomorrow, same as me. We should all get to…

December Dolphins

On Wednesday, I joined – in a somewhat unofficial capacity – a dolphin trip with Neal Watson’s Bimini SCUBA Center. As this is the off-season for dolphin trips, opportunities limited to search for DCP ID#104 (WDP’s “Lamda”), the Atlantic spotted dolphin who stranded in August, was rehab’d and then released in late October. I filled the guests in on #104 and my hope of the day… Soon, there were dolphins! No #104, but it was a large group of bottlenose dolphins. They seemed to be crater feeding, so I grabbed the surface camera while the boat crew positioned the boat for the guests to enter the water. The dolphin group then split up, with some dolphins heading north. Right around…

Searching for #104

October is normally a very quiet month for DCP on Bimini. Research summary reports are drafted. Permit applications are prepped. Data are attempted to stay organized…This October brought a spike in activity. As you likely saw on social media and in our latest issue of The Dolphin Gazette, DCP ID#104 (also WDP’s ID “Lamda”), was found stranded in late August, far from Bimini. The report came into BMMRO and they called upon the rescue team from Atlantis. They assessed his condition and got him back in the water and off he went. But not for long. He soon re-stranded; so the rescue team flew him to their rehab facility where was carefully monitored, medicated, fed and tested. The outlook was…

Notecards for you, for free!

Ho, ho, ho, holiday bonus! For every hard copy adoption kit, $35+ donation or $7.50+/month sustaining membership received between now & Dec 15th, you'll receive a bonus pack of six marine life notecards! This bonus is added to your order automatically – you won’t see anything in your cart. And fear not – your financial support still comes straight to DCP. These notecards have been graciously donated to DCP by a DCP board member!

Fall Issue of The Dolphin Gazette!

Time to get reading! Whether you need a mid-day or late-night break, The Dolphin Gazette is a great to get your DCP updates. Be inspired by Kathleen's eco-tour summary, excited by Kel's Bimini update (including the release of a rehab'd Bimini spotted dolphin!), proud of DCP becoming a Conservation Partner with REEF....and grab your t-shirt before they're gone or sign-up for a Bimini Eco-Tour or RIMS program today! Click here to download your copy now. Happy Reading!

Weeeeeeeee!

Yay for October dolphin trips! I don't get a chance to in search of dolphins very often post-September, but on Friday and Saturday, I was able to join a visiting film crew. Though I knew I would be unlikely to collect any video, acoustic or photographic data, I was still eager to search for the dolphins and share info with the visitors. On Friday, the seas made us work for every step on the boat and we only saw a few passing bottlenose dolphins. Still, the film crew was able to get some productive shots and we said goodnight eager for what tomorrow would bring… Saturday began with a cruise along the shoreline and a break for an interview. Then, the…

Bimini Field Course Recruiting Season!

The off-season means a lot of things: data, writing, resting. But, it also means recruiting for our Bimini field courses! We’re excited to have three courses lined up for Spring/Summer 2019. University of New Brunswick Saint John is already full. Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) and Sacred Heart University (SHU) are now accepting applications. Contact us at info [at] dcpmail [dot] org for more info, or go ahead and contact the Professors/Schools directly! EKU: Field dates 12 – 24 May 2019. In-person class sessions during Spring 2019 semester followed by 12 nights in Bimini, The Bahamas. Click here for more info. SHU: Field dates 31 May – 6 June 2019. On-line component prior to field session means this is a great…
Overcast Skies Welcomed our Last Day on Site
06 Oct 2018

Overcast Skies Welcomed our Last Day on Site

The weather was still overcast with periodic drizzly rain but no lightning meant we could collect data. I was able to get about 28 min of video this morning, even though the underwater visibility was a bit less than earlier in the week. The dolphins were quite playful with each other. Champ and Dory and then Champ and Tilly each decided to play with my fins and circle swim me a few times during my observations. Carmella and Bailey both whistled with bubble streams. We tried for a second session but the visibility was less later in the day and there were encounter and swim groups that were interacting with the dolphins. Still, the week was productive with almost 4…
Thunder and Lightning Started the day!
06 Oct 2018

Thunder and Lightning Started the day!

Our day (Thursday) began with a bang thanks to Mother Nature. Lightning kept us off the dock in the morning and me out of the water. So, no data collection occurred today. We did, however, assist Jennifer with a Coral Tree Cleaning (aka Coral Christmas Trees – in October!). RIMS and AKR have a forest of PVC trees adorned with coral clippings. The coral is grown in situ and when it has grown enough, is transplanted to the reef. In this way, there is an effort to help the reef. The PVC tubes that are the backbone of the trees need to be cleaned regularly to keep algae from growing on them and harming the fledgling coral growth. You can…
Wednesday Brings Rain, Dolphins & Fiesta!
04 Oct 2018

Wednesday Brings Rain, Dolphins & Fiesta!

It was a wet day but a bright day in our activities! Two data collection sessions brought another 45+ minutes of video to our data collection for the week. The dolphins were vocal and social. For a school research project, Nat is looking at infant position among the dolphins and we saw a good bit of that posture and swim position today. The morning session also had lots of floating seaweed and flotsam. Great play toys! The dolphins tried to entice everyone near the pool to play with some amount of seaweed. At one point, Poli was trying to get me to play keep away with a leaf. When I refused to play, she left only to return with a…
Data (x2!), dives, dolphin encounters and swims … and some rain!
02 Oct 2018

Data (x2!), dives, dolphin encounters and swims … and some rain!

October 2nd started like other days when in the field at AKR – with observations of the dolphins around Bailey’s Key! The sun was shining and the underwater visibility was excellent (~5-6 m with minimal suspended silt). The dolphins were into their own thing – very social and playful with each other. Lenca, Champ and Stan or Lenca, Champ and Ronnie were playing with each other. Dory was curious about my fins but also played with Tank and Poli. I even was able to conduct a follow of Carmella and then also of Mrs. Beasley with Gracie. It was a great early morning session. Several (Ron, Bill, Madison, Nat, Don) of our group went on the first morning dive with…

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