Traveling Home from Roatan

The last session was not in the cards – even though the day presented no wind and clear visibility to the bottom from above the water! Our departure for the airport was in the morning.

This was a very successful trip with 7 hours of MVA data collected. There are 24 dolphins – 13 males and 11 females ranging in age from 1 to 30+ years. Carmella, Gracie and Mika are pregnant and due sometime in the summer. There was much play and many rake marks, which means we’ll have some really good sketches to use when processing our video ID logs for these data.

John will be creating a summary video from our trip and I’ll post the link to that video in a field report later this month on the DCP web site. He was able to capture some really cool video of the underwater world and the critters who call it home.

The DCP 2011 summer interns and I will be processing these data during the coming months. Stay tuned to the Dolphin Gazette for updates as we log the tapes and process details for our research. Also, Bill and I are arranging the dates for DCP’s visit to RIMS & AKR in 2012. We have a couple of new plans for our next season to Roatan … stay tuned and we’ll keep you informed in the coming months.

As with each visit, DCP extends a big thank you to the Galindo family and the staff at AKR and RIMS for making our stay so successful.