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A very spotted day

On Thursday, I (Ellyne) joined Bimini Adventures for what was likely my final dolphin trip! We set out to sea in the sunshine on the clear water. As we moved down the coastline a breeze aided in cooling us down and made ripples in the waves. We soon saw a small turtle poke its head out of the water. Within the first forty minutes we came across two spotted dolphins! They swam towards us and soon we could see 10 spotteds near the boat including un-named #102. As we entered the water a group of 15 spotteds were grouped closely together possibly including the newly named adopt-a-dolphin, Paul (#99)! The dolphins then swam away from the snorkelers. After returning to…

A plethora of spotteds

On Wednesday there was sunshine, clouds and a nice breeze as we started our boat trip with the Bimini Adventures. One of the guests asked if we might see spotted dolphins as she hasn’t had a close underwater view yet. We jokingly asked Captain Audley to round up a group of spotteds today. After an hour of searching we saw a single young bottlenose dolphin swim by, surface three times and then disappear. Captain Al saw five or six bottlenose dolphins to the east of us in the distance but we continued our search for spotted dolphins. An hour later we quickly saw five spotted dolphins heading towards our boat and two of them began bow riding. When we entered…

Crater feeding bottlenose

Tuesday was a busy day for the DCP’s Bimini team. As Kali did her final island exploration, packed her bags and began her journey home, Kel continued her duties at the computer to help keep the Bimini research chugging away. Ellyne was on her own, with Bimini Adventures of course, on a beautiful day with small ripple waves and lots of sunshine with some puffy clouds in the sky. The aquamarine layers in the water were very distinct with lighter aqua water to deeper blue water. We started the boat trip heading towards “Three Sisters” for a snorkel. The guests were eager to snorkel and explore the coral reef; Ellyne joined them as it was a new snorkel area for…

Beach Cleanup, then Dolphins!

On Monday morning, we began our day with a beach cleanup at the southern tip of North Bimini. We filled numerous bags of garbage left on the beach, hopefully preventing going into the ocean. We were so happy to remove the trash, giving back in just a small way to the island that is so welcoming to us. We cooled off (it was hot on the beach, even in the morning!) before reviewing some tricky sequences of archived video data for social quality events (contacts of any kind between dolphins). Later in the afternoon, Ellyne & Kali joined another great boat trip with Bimini Adventures. We started the trip in the sunshine and saw three bottlenose dolphins within the first…

Beautiful Bimini Day

On Sunday, Kali, Ellyne, and Kel returned to Bimini Adventures’ group to join the search for dolphins. After a week of little to no wind it finally started to pick up making the ride much cooler. Yet, it was a beautiful day to be out, the tides were generally calm and the ocean varied in shades of blue. The guests remarked on the beauty of the water saying it looked “too good to be true!” With everyone looking at the water we were prepared for any dolphins that came our way. We didn’t have any sightings until later in the day. Around five, two bottlenose dolphins appeared near the bow of the boat. This was the first time we had…

Unexpected Rain

On Friday the clouds started to roll in but the strong August sun was still out and shining. This week’s Bimini Adventures group had their last day out on the boat today. We followed a similar route as earlier this week, as we typically do, to help make ourselves predictable for the dolphins. The sea was calm but no dorsal fins could be detected. We kept searching for several hours and decided to take a refreshing swim break. It was a warm day in the sun and the water was clear and delightful. One of the passengers even found a sand dollar! We continued our unsuccessful search for the dolphins until it was time to turn the boat around and…

#102 Three Days In A Row!!!

Thursday was an educational day for the Bimini Adventures group. Kel, Kali, and Ellyne led a discussion about dolphins and the research conducted in Bimini. We gave a brief introduction to ourselves and DCP’s research off Bimini, but the majority of the time was spent answering questions that the guests had for us. One person asked if spotted dolphins keep their spots or if individual spots can change over time (A: As a spot first develops, it may grow bigger, but after it is established it will remain forever. Of course, it might get covered by new spots through the years!) Another guest asked how long spotted dolphins live (A: This is a tough question because we don’t have an…

Exploring the Seafloor

On Wednesday we were excited to be back on the boat after a very rewarding day yesterday with so many spotted dolphins. Today the clouds rolled in, but the sea was mainly calm. We started our journey with high hopes of finding the dolphins soon as we had yesterday. As we headed north no dorsal fins were in view. It wasn’t until we started heading back to shore, three hours into the boat trip, that we saw two spotted dolphins come to the boat. One was a sub-adult and the other was a calf and they both started bow riding. We followed this pair and soon four spotted dolphins were surrounding the boat including un-named #102. We had just seen…

Les Dauphins!

On Tuesday, Kali and Ellyne set out again with the Bimini Adventures group visiting from Switzerland, as Kel returned to Bimini and caught up on paperwork. This group has given Kali the opportunity to brush up on her French skills. C’est bonne! We cruised merrily along in our search for dolphins. Some of the guests visiting have been coming to Bimini for years so they hoped to see dolphins they had seen in past years. For others this was their first time seeing a dolphin so they were excited at the idea of being in the water with them. As we headed north, Captain Audley started to turn as though he saw something in the distance. Soon we saw another…

The Joy of Seaweed

On Monday the interns were happy to be back on the boat after a week of data work on land and now that the storms have passed. It was an international group today with Bimini Adventures from Switzerland and Japan. We started on our journey with light waves; unfortunately some of the passengers got seasick. After an hour of searching we saw 2 sub-adult spotted dolphins swim by and surfing the waves. As we entered the water we observed them playing with seaweed with their rostrums and pectoral fins. It looked like one of the dolphins had a fresh rake mark on its face. Perhaps we will be able to match these dolphins to the DCP ID catalog once we…

Déjà vu…almost.

Saturday was Kel’s last day with Bimini Adventures’ film crew and Ellyne & Kali enjoyed a much deserved day off. Initially, the boat stayed docked for a bit as Kel gave an interview in the sunshine. But, soon it was time to search for dolphins. The seas were not as calm as we’d like and we kept one eye out for dolphins and one eye out for squalls. Less than one hour from the dock, Captain Al made the call that we had to stay close to shore and hope to find dolphins there; the weather was simply too unstable to venture very far. Good thing we didn’t, because not long after this decision things were looking very similar to…

Dolphins….and squalls

On Friday, Kel headed out for DCP’s 55th dolphin trip of 2015! It’s been a great season and DCP is so grateful to have the assistance of Kali & Ellyne, who have been dedicated to office work this week. It really does pile up! The boat departed just after 1430 and just minutes before the clock struck 1700 we saw two young spotted dolphins. They were keen to surf the waves and ride the bow of the boat, so we kept on eye on them while scanning the area for more individuals. Not seeing anything more, and with squalls threatening, we prepared the get in the water. Captain Al eyed two more dolphins, bringing the group size to four, but,…

More than ketchup comes to those who wait

On Thursday, it was another Bimini Adventures dolphin trip for Kel and more data processing for Ellyne & Kali. It was a very busy day on the water with far more boats than usual searching for dolphins. The crowded conditions reminded Kel of long-term concerns regarding the impact of boat and swimmer interactions on the dolphins. Our boat did its best to steer clear of the crowds and though for today this meant a long wait to find dolphins, it’s the method that Bimini Adventures feels gives their guests the best experience and keeps the dolphins’ best interests in the forefront. Just over 3 hours after we began our search, we were able to observe a group of at least…

How many spotteds do you see?

Kel headed out early on Wednesday for some work with Bimini Adventures’ film crew. Soon she was back on land, where Kali & Ellyne are continuing their week of data processing – they are getting lots done! In the afternoon, it was back to sea for Kel and she and the crew were rewarded with an early and long spotted dolphin sighting. The action started with a group of six, seven, no, eight dolphins! The mixed age group included un-named #75 (and his look-a-like), a known, but to-be-catalogued young juvenile and Leslie (#80). Leslie was sporting a fresh, but thankfully fairly shallow injury to her right side. We were thrilled to get in the water with this group and get…

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