BIM11_T75_OffshoreTtMonday I was able to join Sea Crest’s visiting researcher and her class in search of dolphins. The seas were not as calm as forecasted, but we did see dolphins fairly early in the day and for quite awhile. We knew right away that we were observing bottlenose dolphins, but I found their bowriding and spyhopping behavior strange… I then noticed the very white patch on one individual’s peduncle, a characteristic common among offshore (aka oceanic) bottlenose dolphins. Sure enough, as we got a closer look, we all agreed that we were in the midst of five offshore bottlenose dolphins! A few spotteds were suddenly in the mix and before we knew it, there were at least eight Atlantic spotted dolphins, including Swoosh (#36). The spotteds seemed a bit agitated, fast swimming towards and around the bottlenose before keeping their distance. We were able to see two young bottlenose as well as un-named #89 and a spotted calf. A busy, intriguing day all around!

Until next time,
Kel

Sunday’s trip with Bimini Undersea was filled with friendly, happy guests, all eager to see the Atlantic spotted dolphins of Bimini. Unlike much of last week, the seas were calm and the skies were clear. Our day brought us quite a few dolphin sightings, including three separate mother/calf pairs (1st: unknown mother, 2nd: likely Niecey - #48, 3rd: suspected, but not confirmed Leslie - #80). We were able to see two of these pairs under water. It always feels like an extra special privilege to see such young dolphins. The calf of 3rd mom was appeared agitated by a small remora, which meant a great show of leaping for us! Our other dolphin sighting was a group of seven dolphins, including several juveniles and a couple of older calves. I was able to record a bit of underwater video, which of course I’m looking forward to reviewing.

Thanks to Bimini Undersea and all the wonderful passengers – and of course, the dolphins.

Until next time,
Kel

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