Tuesday morning we began logging last week’s video for IDs. It was the first time Pam and Liana had aBIM12_T49_Milo096 chance to review their first attempt at video data collection – they did a great job! Afterwards, we were all excited to get on the water again. As we left the dock, Pam and Liana with Bimini Undersea and Kel with Bimini Adventures, there were many clouds in the sky, but it cleared up as the day progressed. There were some familiar faces on the Bimini Undersea boat, and they were looking forward to another dolphin trip because they had such a good experience on their trip last week. We began our search for dolphins but the water was a little choppy, making our search a little bit more difficult. We followed the usual route, but today the dolphins did not seem drawn to Adventurer. We searched for several hours, but to no avail. On the way back to the dock, we stopped at “Bimini Road” (aka “Atlantis”). We and the guests had a lot of fun snorkeling. We saw many moon jellyfish and about four large blue and black fish around the road.

Meanwhile, Kel’s trip had early success with another large group of Atlantic spotted dolphins. At first we only saw one mother/calf pair and another adult, but soon, Tilly (#87) was on the scene and over the next two hours and 25 minutes we also saw Leslie (#80, and her calf), Addie (#84), Inka (#93), Milo (#96, pictured here), un-named #s 40, 95 and 97 and possibly Romeo (#10), Cerra (#38) and Noodle (#94). There were over 20 individual dolphins in the group and as you can see, many were also seen yesterday!

We are looking forward to our next dolphin trip, hopeful that Pam and Liana will be able to see the dolphins one more time before they leave Bimini!

Until then,
Pam, Liana & Kel

BIM12_T47_TtOn Monday, somewhat high winds threatened to keep us all on shore. As it turned out, Pam & Liana continued their “office” tasks while Kel headed out with Bimini Adventures. We knew the choppy seas might keep us close to shore, but we remained optimistic. Not too long into the trip we suddenly saw a group of 5 bottlenose dolphins, including at least one youngster. Although we saw the group very clearly and quite close to the boat, it was a short-lived sighting as we could not keep our eyes on the dolphins as they surfed the swells. But, Kel did grab a quick photo of this dolphin’s very distinct dorsal fin (pictured here). Hopeful this sighting was simply meant to warm us up for more dolphins, we kept searching. With squalls threatening, we took our search closer to the lee of Bimini – and we were not disappointed! Suddenly we had four Atlantic spotted dolphins near the boat, presumably two mother/calf pairs. The passengers got in for a nice swim while Kel made surface observations. Content that our efforts were not in vain, we headed in.

But, the dolphins were not done with us! Before we knew it, it seemed there were dolphins everywhere. There were at least 18 individual dolphins, but the count was likely a bit higher. Under water, we saw mother/calf pairs, playful juveniles and feisty adults. We’ll likely be able to identify even more dolphins when we review video, but in the moment, Kel was able to ID Freckles (#15), Lumpy (#17), Split Jaw (#22), Tim (#69), Speedy (#78), Leslie (#80, and her calf), Addie (#84), Tilly (#87), Inka (#93), Milo (#96), un-named #s 40, 95 and 97 – for a moment there, we thought we might see the entire DCP catalog!

After today, we can’t help but wonder what the rest of the week will bring!
Until then,
Kel, Pam & Liana

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