The dolphin survey began with a snorkel stop at the “Bimini Road” (aka Atlantis). The group consensus is that the rock formation is natural and we were all a bit more interested in the fish than the rocks! We saw more barracudas and possibly school master and yellowtail snapper. The boat trip was the choppiest we’d experienced so far, but there were 5 dolphin sightings. We collected some surface video and got a chance to see both species, the spotted and bottlenose dolphins, although they did not appear to interact. From the boat, we saw several aerial displays and lots of bowriding. We had one underwater encounter and although they did not stick around very long, we saw 9 individuals. We followed the safety recommendations of our captain and kept the group sizes small while in the water. We also needed to take extra care getting back on the boat today.
We were back to the dock close to 20:00. After dinner, we watched the first half of the film, “Why do dogs smile and chimpanzees cry?” This allowed our conversations on animal behavior to expand beyond just dolphins and presented the challenges of measuring emotion in non-human animals.
The SHU Crew