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Dodging Rain Drops ... at least for the research!
27 Oct 2016

Dodging Rain Drops ... at least for the research!

Rain greeted us just before sunrise ... leading to a delayed research data collection session. I entered the water at about 7:40 this AM and had a good 30 min session observing the dolphins. The calves were receiving much attention from almost all of the dolphins. Of course, Mac, Lenca and Champ still thought my fins were the best toy available! I was able to record Gracie and Alita on several occasions and we confirmed which calf went with each mom on viewing the video this afternoon. The dolphins were quite vocal and very social with one another. The underwater visibility was so-so but there was decent light and a visitation by the sun when I was in the water.…
Let the Sun Shine In!
27 Oct 2016

Let the Sun Shine In!

We finally had a break in the rain! It poured all last night! There was some thunder and wind thrown in and we woke to a gloomy looking sky and drizzles. But, the morning dried a bit and some blue sky showed through … enough so that we could collect data at about 12:30 for about 30 – 35 minutes! The visibility was ok in some spots and “silty” in others. Still, we saw several dolphins interacting, as you can see in this image from today of several dolphins circling in front of me and the MVA2! At late morning, I and several of our crew (John, Chris K, GiGi, Chris R, Dave, Erin, Aly) met with the training staff…
Heavy Rains equated to a day of Data Analysis!
25 Oct 2016

Heavy Rains equated to a day of Data Analysis!

Rather than show you the gray, gloomy skies that were often dropping heaps of rain drops upon us today, I am sharing with you a photo of Elli and Callie. Elli is showing her scuffed up rostrum as she tries to photo bomb Callie. On Callie's peduncle you can see a few white parallel lines that are healing rake marks! (Thanks to Kenly for helping me photo these ID shots!) We spent the day dodging rain drops and a bulk of time in the morning and afternoon reviewing video from Sunday and Monday to confirm IDs and begin doing the session sketches for each dolphin. Some of the younger ones are readily recognizable and others are more clean - showing…
Early AM session, PM session and Diving!
25 Oct 2016

Early AM session, PM session and Diving!

Two data collection sessions today made me a happy camper! Two to three dives today made most of our eco-tour team happy! We all got very wet today! Not just from entering the water for data collection or diving but from the rain deluge that visited us a few times today. That’s what the front photo depicts – rain viewed from underwater! The dolphins and divers did not seem to mind the rain. Drying off after the day was another story! My early AM data collection session had me in the water by 6:26 AM – go team! The dolphins were social and interactive. Polly and Callie were a bit too attentive to my fins but overall everyone was playful.…
Data Collection! Good Vis and neat behavior!!
24 Oct 2016

Data Collection! Good Vis and neat behavior!!

Our first day of data collection for this session began well! One hour of video collected and Ronnie was not as curious about me as in previous years! He was the first to greet me (as this image can attest), but it was more Lenca, Champ and Mac (the three young boys) who spent time trying to rough-house around me during both my early morning and second morning sessions! We had really good underwater visibility at ~6:40 AM when the first session began. I was able to view most of the 23 dolphins underwater at least once. It was great to see all the dolphins again! And, Hector and Han were close on Gracie's heels for most of both sessions!…
Arrival to Roatan - mostly without glitches
23 Oct 2016

Arrival to Roatan - mostly without glitches

Most of us arrived on one of three flights from the USA - via Miami, Houston or Atlanta. It was wonderful to arrive to Roatan and to be reminded as we deplaned of the warm tropical weather and breeze! Once we were checked in at Anthony's Key Resort, I was able to get weights for me, the MVA2 and the SM2M. We'll collect data in the morning tomorrow with the MVA2 early in the AM (just after sunrise) and then deploy the SM2M between the first and second training sessions. I was able to sort through the MVA2 case tonight and was greatly disappointed by the way TSA repacked my fragile gear. I guess the sticker and tags on the…
DCP RIMS October 2016 Field Reports – Start Now!
20 Oct 2016

DCP RIMS October 2016 Field Reports – Start Now!

October 20, 2016Saturday begins DCP’s 2016 Eco-tour to Anthony’s Key Resort (AKR) and the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS). This DCP eco-tour trip is unique for several reasons, not the least of which is that it represents the largest trip to-date. Not only to RIMS/AKR but of any DCP eco-tour since we began in 2000! We have several “repeat offenders” – some who’ve been DCP supporters since 1992! We have a few individuals new to the DCP-RIMS eco-tour, but not new to DCP. We have a couple of students, and we have quite a few SCUBA divers!Personally, I am thrilled for this coming week and very much look forward to revisiting the dolphins and their caregivers, as well as…

E-kit delay notice

Due to upcoming field schedules and access to email, e-kit adoption orders received between 21 - 31 October may not be filled until 1 November. Of course, if we are able to fill kits more quickly, we certainly will! Thanks for your support!

Buy Games. Support DCP. Sale ends 22 September!

Humble Bundle has just launched its End of Summer Sale! DCP has the opportunity to benefit until the sale ends on September 22nd. Simply head to Humble Bumble and 5% of your purchase will support DCP! There are thousands of games offered on the Humble Store with sales happening every day. And, when you buy a cross-platform game, you get a version for each available OS. Buy. Support DCP. Play. Yay!

The Vaquita Porpoise: A Conservation Emergency

The vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) is considered by many to be the rarest and most-endangered species of marine mammal in the world. in May 2016, the population size of the vaquita is considered to be 60, based on the results of a 2015 vessel survey and acoustic study. It is the smallest of only seven species of true porpoises, and is the only one that lives in warm waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is found in a tiny area in the extreme northern Gulf of California, near Baja California, Mexico. According to Viva Vaquita!, only an immediate and total ban on gillnets in the entirety of the vaquita's range can save it from extinction. Learn more at www.vivavaquita.org.…

Hungy bottlenose, threatening squalls and playful spotteds

Though I hope to be on a few day trips later this month, Monday was my last scheduled dolphin trip of 2016. And, it was a great one! We departed shortly after 1500 and with a tip from another operator, we spent extra time searching an area right at the edge of the shallow and deep waters. At 1619 we were rewarded with bottlenose dolphins! We observed them from the surface for nearly 20 minutes (and saw a group of spotted dolphins nearby!). Confident the group of at least six dolphins was in fact crater feeding, I continued to collect dorsal fin photographs while the guests entered the water. After two more rounds of photos, I too entered the water,…

Big Splashes

Sunday began the final dolphin week of Bimini Adventures' 2016 season. Though it was strange to prep for a boat trip without Nicole, I was happy to meet the new guests and search for dolphins in calm seas. About 45 minutes into the trip, the guests had their first swim break, giving them an opportunity to test their snorkel gear, practice getting on and off the boat and generally acclimate themselves to Bimini's waters. It was not long after this that I saw a splash. It was far, but it was big and soon crewman Michael saw it too. We guided Al toward the splash and soon everyone was seeing a leaping young dolphin - man, this dolphin was getting…

Hello Dolphins, See You Soon Nicole

Thursday was the final boat trip for this week's Bimini Adventures group. It was also Nicole's last boat trip of the season so we were very optimistic that it was going to be a good one! The weather was on our side and the guests saw true, Bimini sunshine for the first time. After a quick stop at "The Bimini Road," it was a mere 10 minutes before we saw spotted dolphins! The group of over 15 dolphins included Romeo (#10, still associating with a calf, yay!), Freckles (#15), Stefran (#82, also with a calf), un-named #75, Paul (#99) and possibly Niecey (#48). After a short swim with the large group, we observed a slightly smaller subset, including Stefran and…

Definitely making up for bad weather

Wednesday was yet another cloudy, windy, drizzly day but we set off as usual at 1500, hoping our weather luck would change and our dolphin luck would get even better. Sure enough, less than an hour into our trip (and with lighter winds and no rain) we came across a group of 10 Atlantic spotted dolphins! The waves made it difficult to identify individuals from the boat but Nicole saw at least one female that we know from the White Sand Ridge group. After some good surface observations, we decided to try an underwater encounter. We only caught brief looks of the dolphins before they swam out of view. But then Captain Al brought the boat around and with it…

A trip cut short

Tuesday was another cloudy, humid day on Bimini. We spent part of the morning working on our data and then got ready to head over to the Sea Crest Hotel. At 12:30 we met with the tourist group to have a chat about DCP, dolphins and the research we are doing in Bimini.This turned out to be wonderful and the guests had many interesting questions for us. Thank you for your interest - and for supporting DCP! We grabbed a quick lunch and then Nicole prepared for the boat departure at 1500. Even though Captain Al had checked the radar just before we left the dock, as we made our way along our usual course we could see a large…

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