Wednesday began with an ‘Intro to DCP’ talk to the students visiting at Sea Crest Hotel & Marina. They were a wonderful audience and I hope they are enjoyingBIM11_T78_4Tt their exposure to Bimini’s dolphins. I was particularly eager for the afternoon dolphin trip as it was my 500th official dolphin trip (DCP’s 517th since 2003). I am so grateful for the space provided by Bimini Undersea and Al Sweeting, Jr. Thank you!

The trip began with a snorkel stop at “The Bimini Road” (aka “Atlantis”). We saw at least four bottlenose dolphins pass by during the break and caught up to them shortly after (at least, I suspect they were the same). This group of four was on the move north, utilizing fairly long breath holds. I was pleased to get some useable ID shots. This was followed by a long, splash-less search for dolphins – until the very end, that is. We finally came upon some more bottlenose dolphins at the very last moment. Phew!

Tomorrow should be another double duty day, so stay tuned!

-Kel

Tuesday began with a rare morning trip in search of Bimini’s dolphins. Although the seas were once again not as calm as forecasted, it was definitely workable. We headed out quite far and on our way back to Bimini we saw them! Our first group was six dolphins – three mother/calf pairs. I am pretty sure the moms were Cerra (#38), Niecey (#48) and Stefran (#82). Two of the calves have markings so we’ll see if they are permanent enough to allow us to add those youngsters to our catalog. Later in the day, we had more dolphins, including four standoff-ish adults. Mostly this second group seemed on the move and not interested in us.

After a brief break, we headed back out. This time, the dolphins made us work much harder and didn’t come by the boat until the very end of the boat trip. But, we still had the opportunity to watch four youngsters ride the bow, including Addie (#84) and un-named #93. As we waited eagerly at the stern for an opportunity to get in the water (which never happened!), we could tell there were dolphins (seemingly) everywhere. There were several adults and active calves. The dolphins seemed to be traveling somewhat south, but they were repeatedly distracted by fish!

Another trip tomorrow,
Kel

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