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The Sensual Dolphin Experience
07 Aug 2018

The Sensual Dolphin Experience

Our morning began with a BOOM! It was a dark and stormy morning and mother nature gave us a wake-up call with a thunder alarm. But the rain and storminess were short-lived and the skies cleared to blue from cloudy before we water-taxied to Bailey’s Key for data collection and observations. The dolphins were much more active at the surface this morning than yesterday. We observed lots of play, lots of body and pec slaps and jaw claps. We saw some speed swims and chases. We also had our first official data collection session for our own research projects. It was exciting because we got to pull the reigns (from Neptune … maybe) and apply our protocols for our studies.…
Day 2 – Snorkeling in Salt Water, Getting our Feet Wet
06 Aug 2018

Day 2 – Snorkeling in Salt Water, Getting our Feet Wet

Everyone was on time, early in fact, for our data collection session. We met at the water taxi stand at 6:45 for our boat ride to Bailey’s Key. We got to observe our first interaction with Dr. D and the dolphins. Alex P. got to play fetch with Dory with a red leaf, they played about 6 times. Emily made friends with all the resident cats on Baileys and one helped her collect data. Several of us met the dolphins up close from the trainers – we got to sit with a few of them to learn more about each of the dolphins and be able to recognize some of their marks for ID. Free time consisted of paddle-boarding successfully…
Finally Here!
05 Aug 2018

Finally Here!

Our day began at ~4 AM to travel to the airport to begin our trek south. This field week on Roatan is a culmination of our spring class called PS4363 – Roatan Field Study. We were on summer break and traveled from as far as El Paso to get to San Antonio for our flight. We learned that a few of us have turbulence sensitivity! Thank goodness for pretzels and ginger-ale! On arrival, we went through the immigration line for about an hour and then swiftly got our bags and headed via shuttle to Anthony’s Key Resort. We were greeted by LOTS of stairs to get to check in. We were a bit surprised by the lack of humidity we…

The Week Wraps Up

On Friday, the breeze in Bimini was still stiff, but with sunny skies we departed at 1500 in search of dolphins. We did not see any along the shore and the guests, who have been to Bimini many times, asked to stop at 3 Sisters for a quick snorkel. After they toured the biggest rock, we were soon on our way again… It seemed the seas were going to get the better of us when Captain Al suddenly saw two bottlenose dolphins at the bow. They disappeared just as quickly though and with the swells, white caps and murky water, we did not see them again. We continued our search and it was only when we were close to home…

What waves?

On Wednesday, I joined Bimini Adventures’ guests on “the small boat” and headed in search of dolphins. The seas were much rougher than Monday and Tuesday and while we searched for dolphins, we could see squalls building to the east. Sure enough, we never did find any dolphins, but we did find some beautiful rain storms. We were able to stay clear of the largest of the storms and while we tried to avoid the smaller, later squall, we had to accept some rain drops. Thankfully, it wasn’t that bad and, in fact, it was quite beautiful cruising through the steady rain as the sea surface calmed and left only the impressive swell. Thursday was another great day with Captain…
Packed and Ready to Fly South!
02 Aug 2018

Packed and Ready to Fly South!

It’s not that I can pack for my field sessions in my sleep. It’s that I have a trusty “to-include” list that makes packing easy with each passing year! The MVA and hydrophones are tucked into their bag with care and cushioning. Mask, fins, snorkel are snuggled adjacent to wet suit, bathing suits and rash/sun guard shirts. The cameras are in my carryon bag along with the data notebook with blank sheets waiting for observations of dolphin behavior and vocal activity!I’ve connected with Dr. Heather Hill via email to confirm the student group is ready—the group joining me at Anthony’s Key Resort (AKR) and the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) for a week of observations and data collection is…

Surf’s Up!

On Tuesday, it felt great to get back on the water and search for dolphins. Plus, this week’s guests are a couple who has been chartering Bimini Adventures for several years and I always look forward to chatting with them. The sun was shining and although the breeze was strong, the seas started out calm enough. Soon, however, clouds were building to our east and south and, with that, the seas really kicked up. As I watched Captain Al assess the weather, I felt the boat turn. He’d also seen dolphins! One dolphin leapt clear out of the water, but when we reached the spot, we couldn’t find any….for a moment. Soon, there were at least 16 Atlantic spotted dolphin…

Water spout yields to calm seas

Nat used the word bittersweet in two recent posts – and the feeling applies to Friday as well. A short but strong thunderstorm woke everyone early, but soon I had my kids scooped up and piled on the golf cart. We picked up Nat and her suitcase and dropped her to the water taxi. Her five weeks on Bimini had come to an end and we were all sad to part ways. I share Nat’s hope that this was, in fact, a “see you later….” I’m so grateful for all of the assistance in the field so far this summer: Master’s student Nicole, Short Field Experience (SFE) interns J.P. and Frankie, returning intern Patrick and, of course, Nat. Interns provide…

One Last Time

Thursday was another day full of bittersweets. Bitter because it was my last day on the island, but sweet because of all the adventures that day held. I woke up early at the ripe time of 6:30 am to start brewing the coffee and to wrap up some of the photo IDs I had been previously working on. Then I strolled over with my fins and mask in hand over to Neal Watson’s Bimini SCUBA Center to go on a two tank morning dive. It was my last time diving on Bimini, and I definitely sad it was my last couple of dives, but I was still excited for what was to come because we were going on a wreck…

Can We Interest You in a Bow Ride?

Wednesday was a day full of bittersweets as we had to say goodbye to our friend and intern Frankie. Frankie and I were able to spend the morning together in our usual roommate routine of making a big pot of coffee and working on photo sorting and blog writing. Then we were invited over to Kel’s house to help celebrate Captain Al’s birthday. We had hamburgers and salads for lunch and then topped it off with a delicious chocolate cake. Kel and I drove Frankie to the ferry so she could get over to the South Bimini Airport for her afternoon flight. We were sad to say goodbye and really enjoyed our time working together these past short weeks, but…

Dolphin Diaries

Tuesday morning was a hard wakeup for me- it was my last full day on Bimini. With the boat trip being cancelled Monday, I was glad Nat and I had the opportunity to explore the island. But I was very excited to get back on the boat and spend my last day here searching for dolphins. Nat and I started off with our usual morning routine of a large pot of coffee and a few hours of work before prepping for our afternoon boat ride. Around noon we got a little restless and decided to take a swim break, but it was too hot to stay out for too long. This week’s Bimini Adventures group is actually a researcher and…

Lunch Breaks

Monday was a quiet day for Frankie and me, but there are no complaints here! After making a big pot of coffee we continued to work on photo sorting and video logs to get our hours in. We worked on data all morning and then Kel informed us that there would be no boat trip that afternoon. Although we were excited to go out on the boat, we decided to take a break and explore the island instead since it is sadly our last week here. We biked along the Queens Highway to enjoy the sea breeze and the beautiful ocean views. Although the sun was hot (as it always is) the wind helped us stay cool for the long…

Bimini on the Big Screen

On Friday, Kel had told us about the vet clinic she was helping run this weekend. With the lack of veterinarians and abundance of strays on Bimini, the vet clinic that happens 3-4 times a year is extremely helpful for the animals on the island. Since I had gotten a lot of work done on Saturday, I decided to spend a few hours volunteering with Kel on Sunday. Nat decided to sit this one out since she isn’t great around blood and was still getting through the video logs. So, Sunday morning I woke up early and went to Kel’s house to pop in some much needed laundry before helping her set up the clinic for the day. We opened…

Early Start to Shark Week

While there were no boat trips this weekend, Nat and I still kept busy. We woke up Friday morning planning on going on a dive; however the heavy thunderstorms pushed it off to the afternoon. By noon the sun was out and we walked over to Neal Watson’s Scuba Center for the 1 pm two-tank dive.  Our first dive was a shallow dive through an old shipwreck (The Sapona) where Nat and I saw some gorgeous corals and plenty of rays. Nat was even able to point out a scorpion fish to me (her favorite fish). After about forty minutes, we hopped back on the boat and headed to our second location- Triangle Rocks. Nat and I were so excited…

Split Jaw for a Split Second

It was another stormy morning early Thursday in Bimini, but luckily the skies cleared enough for another lovely day on the boat. Nat and I started our morning once again with some work and a large pot of coffee before beginning our prep for the boat. Our day started a little earlier than the previous few days and we were able to stop and snorkel “The Bimini Road,” a famous snorkel spot off of North Bimini. It was the perfect time for a much needed swim break as well as the first time for us to see the popular snorkel spot. We dove in and immediately saw a barracuda under us and later saw a gorgeous angelfish swim past us.…

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