Bahamas 2000

The future of (almost) everything

UCONN, Kathleen's alma mater, asked alums in various businesses what they think the future holds for their particular industry, be it education, finance, entertainment, or space exploration. Scroll down to the science section to read Kathleen's thoughts!

https://magazine.uconn.edu/2018/01/23/the-future-of-almost-everything/

Connect the Dots

Check out Coastal Angler Magazine Fort Myers Edition for a short artile by Kel! DCP hopes that the Coastal Angler readers enjoy this introduction into DCP's work, particularly photo-ID and all the questions recognizing individuals allows us to ask. 

https://coastalanglermag.com/connect-the-dots/

Want to join us in Bimini yourself? We are currently accepting sign-ups for May 2018 and August 2018 eco-tours - click here to learn more.

Can't travel to Bimini? Pre-order your snazzy shirt today and wear it knowing your purchase supports our dolphin research efforts!

Sail away with me - in Bimini!!

Woo-who! We are excited to offer two - that's right two - opportunities to join us in Bimini, The Bahamas. Here, we study wild Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. By joining a DCP Bimini eco-tour, you not only get an awesome, bucket-list worthy vacation, but you ensure DCP gets much needed boat time to collect our data. You'll learn about the dolphins and our research, even assisting if you want! Packages are all-inclusive (accommodations, food, boat trips, tax). We work with the most experienced Bahamian operator on the island. And, we can't wait for you to join us. 

Click here for all the details, including:

Session 1: Check-in Saturday 26 May, Check-out Thursday 31 May 2018

Session 2: Check-in Sunday 26 August, Check-out Friday 31 August 2018

$1875 per person (ask about our $50 US check discount!)

Includes: 5 nights' accommodation (double occupancy; single available for fee), 5 boat trips (weather dependent), All meals (private cook!), Boat snacks, Drinking water, Rental snorkel gear, DCP talks, Bahamian tax (VAT)

Note: The package begins with lunch on arrival day, followed by the first boat trip, generally departing at 2 or 3 p.m. The package ends after breakfast on departure day.

Not included: Transportation to/from Bimini, Transportation between airport/arrival port and hotel, Gratuity

They're baaaaaaaack! Order your DCP shirt today!

You can rock an awesome DCP shirt this spring…and summer…and fall…You get the idea! We are pleased to offer the chance to pre-order DCP shirts, including, for the first time, stylish, flowy women’s tanks. This special order period ends on March 7, 2018. Shirts and bundles are expected to ship on or before April 2nd. USPS Priority shipping is included in the price of the shirts. Regrettably, we can currently only ship to US & Canadian addresses. All shirt purchases help fund our research and education efforts. Plus, pre-ordering your shirt, you help DCP reduce the overhead of placing the shirt order with our printer – which is super helpful! So go on. Click here and take a look.

Calli
22 Jan 2018

DCP Field Course Wrap-Up for January 2018 at RIMS, AKR

I spent two weeks on Roatan with two engaged, energetic and enthusiastic groups of students. One from Colorado State University and one from the University of Rhode Island (URI). Collectively, we were able to record a bit more than four hours of video data in nine early morning sessions. Mother Nature threw quite a bit of rain, wind and waves at us during both weeks but kicked it up a notch during our second week at Anthony's Key Resort and the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences.
Each group had safe and uneventful travels home, though my trek was a tad delayed this past weekend. All inbound flights on Saturday were delayed, and one was even cancelled! The group from URI was able to depart relatively on time and my flight was two hours delayed with an unplanned stop in Tampa to change pilots. So, I had the opportunity to spend an extra night in Atlanta on my way home. While not raining, the temps were decidedly lower than on Roatan!
When all is said and done, we had a very productive two weeks. I'll be processing video logs for several months. I also learned about a software for processing behavior from video. I'll need practice on it but I think it will be a useful tool!
Thank you all for paying attention and sharing our Roatan Adventures with us!
Cheers
Kathleen

Dory Leaping
20 Jan 2018

Mother Nature Saved the Best for Last!

It was the most beautiful day so far this week because the sun greeted us as we took the taxi boat to Bailey’s Cay! We did a full 30 min observation session despite the very strong current and the cheeky, rambunctious dolphins. The dolphins were very active today; they were very social at the surface also. We did pretty well recognizing the dolphins who swam by our observation posts.

After dolphin observations, we had a scrumptious breakfast followed by a data analysis session where we taught Kathleen how to use “BORIS,” a behavioral coding software. It was relatively straightforward and user-friendly for documenting both state and point event samples. Justin and Kathleen took pity on the fact that we’d not had much sun all week. So, they gave us an hour before lunch to soak up the sun!

We had a great lunch (cheese pizza, cheeseburgers, and sea bass). After lunch, we went back to Bailey’s Cay to observe training sessions. We divvied up into four groups of 3 and each group had a different trainer and dolphin. Kianna, Hannah and Gabby hung out with Gracie and her trainer. Gracie gave them hugs and kisses and was showing off to Alita by doing behaviors that Alita was learning … so a case of observational learning. Sam, Becky, and Erin sat with Eldon who was training Stan and Dory. Dory was a bit pushy and swam around while Stan was trying to do the behaviors Eldon asked. Stan and Dory are classic toddlers with huge amounts of energy. Chloe, Kendall, and Lauren observed Elyork as he spent time with Bailey and her calf and also Mrs. Beasley and Carmella. Elyork was letting the calf know that fish from him was ok and was introducing him to targeting. Mrs. Beasley and Carmella had light sessions and mostly hung out. Jess, Liz, and Danielle got to watch Zachary, Cain and Nick work with Calli and Elli. Calli was practicing husbandry procedures and we got to see her remora up close! We also noticed new rake marks on Calli’s right side near her pec fin.

We had the afternoon to ourselves (all 2.5 hrs!) to explore Bailey’s and Anthony’s Cay. A few of us rode horses while a few others showered, read, visited the beach and contemplated the paddle boards. Our evening has wrapped up with a rowdy discussion on animal welfare and the issues around captivity. We are writing our blog before dinner so we can have a leisurely meal and enjoy our last evening on Roatan at AKR!

Tomorrow, we head home. It’s been a radical, unforgettable week.

Kathleen, Justin and the URI MMPB team

coral
19 Jan 2018

Stormy Skies Supplied Squid, Snorkeling, and Sea turtles

Due to inclement weather, we were unable to venture over to Bailey’s Cay this morning for observations. We slept in and then enjoyed breakfast. After breakfast, we went to the other side of the island for a snorkel trip. The boat ride to the snorkel was bumpy but it was extremely fun because we were given the opportunity to drive the boat. The snorkel was incredible and the biodiversity was incredible which included lion fish, queen angel, trigger fish file fish and more. (Thank you, Danielle, for today’s blog photo!) The drift snorkel was also a different experience from the snorkel at Maya Cay because it dropped us off at one location and picked us up at another.
Two snorkels were initially planned but due to turbidity the guides decided to call off the second snorkel. After a refreshing shower, we sat down at lunch and discussed our thoughts about the snorkel. We enjoyed a much-needed nap and then had a discussion in maternal styles in bottlenose dolphins. Our discussion revealed that dolphin and human mothers are similar in that individuals have different parenting styles. We were able to connect the findings of the paper to anecdotes from the trainers and Kathleen. We headed over to RIMS for a presentation by Jennifer, Education Director. She gave a great talk about sea turtles and their conservation needs. Anatomy diversity evolution and conservation efforts were addressed. We all thought these topics and talk were enlightening. Sea turtles truly are living fossils.
We enjoyed a delicious and filling dinner. Gabby enjoyed hearty portions of pasta!! We finished the night by playing a rousing game of charades, while we waited for Kathleen to return from her talk to the local Rotary Club.
Hopefully the weather changes for our last full day on Roatan.
Until tomorrow,
Kathleen, Justin and the URI MMPB team

Mac and Cheese
18 Jan 2018

Wind, Rain, Strong Currents, Waves … Mother Nature seems to be cranky!

This morning was a lesson in flexibility. We had an interesting morning – we got onto the taxi boat, headed for Bailey’s Cay with high hopes for another dolphin observation session. The current had other ideas and refused our landing request. It was the first time ever that Kathleen saw the taxi boat not able to smoothly land against the dock at Bailey’s Cay.
So, we came back and had a pre-breakfast nap and then enjoyed a warm leisurely breakfast before we spent the morning analyzing video data to confirm dolphin IDs in the footage from yesterday. We have improved significantly and we’ve gained confidence in recognizing and confirming individual dolphins from the video footage. It took an hour to code for just 10 minutes of video, which seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. We realize it should take longer to review and code a video but the practice of it was a realization of what it takes.
Lunch preceded a session for each of us to work on our portfolio projects. The portfolios are the students’ opportunity to demonstrate their ability to connect the research we read about with their in-the-field experiences and activities.
Our afternoon included a discussion about self-rubbing versus pectoral fin social rubbing contact among dolphins. We learned a bit about what went into collecting and reviewing the data for that DCP paper. Then, we had a dolphin training lecture from Teri Bolton, Assistant Director of RIMS. It was an inspiring and really amazing lecture. We liked how passionate she is about what she does, her work with the dolphins and the other trainers.
We had a group office hours session to discuss our portfolios. We decided to wrap up our field report now because we are about to embark on the AKR Fiesta night and we are anticipating the mac and cheese … Kathleen has really set our expectations high for that portion of the meal!
We hope tomorrow’s weather will improve and we are doing a sun dance before dinner, as Kathleen write’s this blog for us!
Until tomorrow,
Kathleen, Justin and the URI MMPB team
P.S. As evidenced by today’s blog photo, the mac and cheese was delicious!

DCP t-shirt fundraiser 2018

Classic DCP Shirts Available – limited time only!  

DCP is pleased to offer our supporters the chance to once again look great in classic tees featuring the DCP logo. Short-sleeve tees are available in adult and youth sizes. Long-sleeve tees are available in adult sizes only. See bottom of the page for sizing info. Once again, multiple colors* are available!

Have extra money burning a hole in that pocket? Add a donation to your order!  

This special order period ends on March 7, 2018. Shirts and bundles are expected to ship on or before April 2nd. USPS Priority shipping is included in the price of the shirts. Regrettably, we can currently only ship to US addresses. Interested in supporting DCP, but live outside the US? Consider an electronic adoption kit

Questions? Give us a shout at info{at}dcpmail{dot}org.  

All shirt purchases help fund our research and education efforts. Plus, you’ll look good! Remember, these shirts are only available until 7 March!

*Fine Print: The exact colors of the shirts may be different than the images appear on your monitor/device. Note that the adult green is "key lime" and the youth is a more vibrant "neon green." Only ten of our adopt-a-dolphins are available in the t-shirt/adoption bundle. Interested in another dolphin? Simply add a standalone adoption kit to your cart (no discount). 

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RonnieFrench
17 Jan 2018

A Dolphin-filled Day!

We finally did a full observation session! It was crazy to be able to do a full session. The dolphins were surprisingly quiet – not a lot of surface action in general and very uninterested in us on the docks. The water and the weather were pleasantly calmer this morning compared to the previous days! The 30 min observation session went by really fast! It was cool to go around the docks for this session and see the dolphins in other areas of the enclosure. It was interesting that we saw dolphins that Kathleen did not get on camera because they were in other areas of the enclosure.
Breakfast was wonderful as always and the pancakes are highly recommended by Kianna!
The rest of our morning was in the classroom where we watched today’s footage and had a discussion about the pec fin papers. It was clear that the dolphins were very quiet underwater – they mirrored their underwater quietness and low activity at the surface. It seemed from our view that dolphins were always around Kathleen but there were bits of time on the footage where there were no dolphins in view, which was surprising. It was also neat to see the pec fin behaviors and postures that we had only talked about or read about. It is starting to come clear the relationships that these dolphins have with each other.
During our class discussion, we learned that we’d have our dolphin swim at 1:30 today – woohoo!
So, after a joyful tasty lunch, we put on our bathing suits, grabbed our snorkel gear and headed down to RIMS. We got another short encounter with Alita and then donned our gear for the swim. Below are our brief impressions of our swims.
Justin: I was impressed by their ability to glide through the water while I struggled against the current!
Chloe: it was exciting to see the animals we’d been fawning over up close and personal in their own element as well as explore different areas of the enclosure.
Gabby: I really liked seeing the dolphin calf up close and personal because we usually don’t get to see a calf so close. Let’s just say my goggles were filling with water and it was not the ocean.
Lauren: I appreciated the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to see and swim with these animals in a natural lagoon.
Becky: I thought it was really incredible that the dolphins are comfortable including us in their natural habitat. At one point, there were 7 dolphins that swam all around me and were touching me on my sides.
Danielle: It was eye-opening how fast these animals could swim just at ease … without effort while I was kicking really hard through the water.
Jess: It was very exhilarating when the dolphins chose to swim directly to me and interact with me.
Liz: I was thankful that the dolphins came near us because they could have chosen to not interact with us.
Erin: I like how the calf was eager to interact with us but then Bailey or one of the younger females would swoop in and swim between him and us.
Kianna: I thought that it was really amazing that we got the experience to put the footage we’ve been analyzing into real-life and see the dolphins and their behavior with our own eyes.
Kendall: It was pretty breathtaking and interesting to feel like I was part of the dolphin pod.
Hannah: I thought it was unbelievable to witness their speed underwater. Being right next to them when they swam swiftly was amazing.
Sam: I thought it was exhaustingly magical.
Our afternoon was complete with a rejuvenating break that offered the option of a hot shower, and time to work on our reading or just ponder our dolphin swims. Of course, the afternoon’s rain, wind and wave action could not keep our spirits down!
Tomorrow begins with another data collection session, but before then we get to enjoy another yummy dinner!
Until tomorrow,
Kathleen, Justin and the URI MMPB team

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