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DCP 2015 RIMS Reseach Video

Curious about our recent research trip to the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS)? Check out our latest research video! https://vimeo.com/144932875?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749 A big thank you to John Anderson of Terramar Productions!
DCP's RIMS 2015 Data Summary
02 Nov 2015

DCP's RIMS 2015 Data Summary

Our 2015 field session at Anthony's Key Resort's Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS) was a success! We were able to collect six hours of video with the MVA2 camera as well as another ~9 hours of video with 1-2 GoPro cameras. That is, for all sessions, one GoPro was mounted above the MVA 2 facing forward to provide a wider view and greater area for confirming dolphin IDs from body parts that might be slightly out of view on the MVA camera but in range on the GoPro. And, for about 1/3 to 1/2 of the sessions, we also borrowed Bill's GoPro and placed it atop the MVA2 but pointing at me/behind me. This allowed us to see who…
Our Last Day - data and a swim!
31 Oct 2015

Our Last Day - data and a swim!

Today, Friday, dawned bright after an evening of thunderstorms that affected the early AM underwater visibility. Still, I was able to collect data during an early morning session and a second morning session on our last day at RIMS/AKR for 2015. Champ and Calli were as attentive as ever to me in the early morning as were French, Ronnie and Ritchie. Even Bailey spent a bit of time investigating the hydrophones. The second morning session brought better underwater visibility (up to ~3.5 meters but still silty). And, I was able to observe Paya and Maury swimming together in a group that also included Beasley, Alita, Gracie and Tilly. Tilly is growing by leaps and bounds but still hangs more with…
Our Mornings Start Early!
30 Oct 2015

Our Mornings Start Early!

Even as our week begins to wind down, our mornings start early. This DCP team is a group of early risers! Perfect for catching the morning sun, best underwater visibility and social dolphins! You can see everyone preparing to take their positions around the enclosure for the best observer positions ... and maybe also for the occasional game of seaweed toss with the younger dolphins! This morning presented the best underwater clarity of the week, so far. Very little silt or precipitate in the water, clear for at least 6 m ... and also social dolphins. Of course, Polly, Calli and Champ were my buddies for much of the session. They are enamored of my fins! (and sometimes of my…
Dolphins and Trainers and Photo ID
29 Oct 2015

Dolphins and Trainers and Photo ID

Observing the dolphins underwater and recording their behavior onto video cards or tapes equates to also being required to recognize each dolphin by her/his scars and marks. For the most part, here at RIMS/AKR, we can use the rake marks that are caused by other dolphin teeth during play or aggression. These rake marks are parallel white lines. They heal pretty quickly, but will remain for the week of data collection. Coordinating with the trainers to confirm each dolphin's marks is key to being able to readily recognize the dolphins. Our team spent time yesterday and today photographing each dolphin from the left, right, top and bottom (aka, ventrally) to log their marks photographically. This will help immensely when we…
It's All about Perspective!
28 Oct 2015

It's All about Perspective!

This morning saw the MVA2 (second array built) with a second added camera! Typically, we have a GoPro mounted on the left top of the housing to get a wider perspective and be able to confirm IDs of all the dolphins visible in the view finder. This morning, John decided to add a second GoPro (Thanks Bill, for the loan!) to get a view behind me to see who and how many are watching the observer! I was still not able to "see" the dolphins behind me during filming, but review of the footage after the session provided numerous laughs for everyone on our team! Polly and Calli often seemed to think they were "sneaking up" on me (even though…
More Data Monday!
27 Oct 2015

More Data Monday!

Three half-hour underwater sessions of data collection filled our morning! Everyone was VERY vocal - lots of whistling, click trains, buzzing, brays and more. Even Carmella was into the action and whistling with bubble streams. The early morning session had all but two dolphins in the main area, including Ronnie and French. And, Ronnie was much less interested in me than last year! Thank goodness. Our second session was about two hours later and Calli and Polly alternated swimming circles around me, jawing at the camera, poking at my fins and showing way too much curiosity in me for my liking. I mostly ignored them ... though my attention was caught when they seemed to coordinate their efforts - as…
Yoga with Dolphins … or … The Human Tripod!
25 Oct 2015

Yoga with Dolphins … or … The Human Tripod!

Today was a great day with roughly an hour of MVA2 video data collected! It was a welcome change from last year when Ronnie decided I was his play-toy! I was in the water by 6:40 AM and spent the first 30 minutes reacquainting myself with the dolphins, and vice versa. Calli, Elli, Lenca and Champ have grown noticeably. Each has a few rake marks that will allow more rapid confirmation of their IDs.My 2015 RIMS research team was great with their observations and assistance. And, in the afternoon we spent a couple of hours listening to the trainers as they presented each dolphin to us – so we would be able to see their new scars and marks and…
Travel Days are Always Long!
24 Oct 2015

Travel Days are Always Long!

Our team arrived in three waves on three different airlines. John, Ron and I arrived first on Roatan, at 11:40! 30 minutes early! Jillian and Jess arrived next about 45 minutes later followed by Bill, Jeanne, Lance, Chris and Dave. By early afternoon, we were all enjoying our first lunch and settling in to our rooms. I was able to connect with Denry and Eldon to confirm that I could get into the water at 6:30 AM tomorrow … I sprang the early AM plan on my team at dinner. They are all early birds and game to help with data collection soon after sunrise. :)The evening meal allowed us to discuss the flexible itinerary for the week – dolphin…
Past the 24 hr Departure Mark!
23 Oct 2015

Past the 24 hr Departure Mark!

Our bags are packed, each bit of gear snuggled compactly in each case. Of course, with Halloween the last day of our trip, I had to include a few "treats" for the trip. I'm looking forward to this annual return to Roatan and Anthony's Key to connect with colleagues at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) but especially to see the dolphins. To observe first-hand how much the calves have developed and grown, to see how any new calves of the year are doing, and, of course, to see what marks Ronnie is again covered with from his interactions. My post tomorrow is likely to be later in the day, after arrival to Roatan and settling in as well…
Less than 48 hrs to AKR/RIMS 2015!
22 Oct 2015

Less than 48 hrs to AKR/RIMS 2015!

John and I depart on Saturday morning, as does the rest of our 2015 RIMS/AKR team participating in DCP's 2015 eco-tour! Some of us will meet in Atlanta, some in Houston and a couple in Miami as we wing our way to Roatan. But, we all arrive by mid-day on Saturday for a week of data collection ... and of course, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, dolphin observations and more. My MVA2 is packed and ready to go. It will be great to have a team of folks again this year. I'll keep you posted with regular updates! Thanks for reading! Cheers Kathleen This image is a view of the entry to the dolphin area ... from where we conduct observations.

March 2016 University-Level Course

Kathleen is teaching short course on animal behavior from 12-19 March 2016, at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences. There are only a few student spaces left! With accommodations at Anthony's Key Resort, this field course will be amazing! Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, look under the Education tab -> College Courses -> Animal Behavior (Photo credit: J. Anderson)

Electronic Adopt-a-Wild-Dolphin Kits are HERE!

Biiiiig news, friends! You can now opt for an electronic adopt-a-wild-dolphin kit! That's right, a completely paper, ink & shipping free way to support DCP & learn about dolphins! All adoptive parents will now have the option to select an electronic kit ($30) or a hard copy kit ($35)! Both kits contain lots of details about the dolphin you adopt but also about DCP's programs overall. The hard copy kit is unchanged, but the electronic version includes three PDFs: your personalized adoption kit (including a link to your dolphin video), a PhotoBook of the dolphin you selected and the DCP info booklet! Supporters outside the United States & Canada will no longer be able to choose hard copy kits. But,…

Yippy Skippy, The Dolphin Gazette is Here!

This issue is full of stories - from Nicole, our interns & Kathleen. You'll meet dolphin "Paul" and find the full citation of our recent publication, a result of 11 years of sighting records off Bimini. As we look ahead to research trips to both Dolphin Encounters & RIMS, we hope you'll enjoy looking back on our busy summer! Happy Reading and as always, thank you for forwarding this to your friends & family! Click here for your copy!

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