BIM12_T60_TimID069Our first week with Hunter College was so busy that there was no extra time to post field reports! I hope you’ll forgive this belated summary of the week:

On Sunday 12 August, week one of two began with ten Hunter College students, their instructors and two bonus guests photographing throughout the week for an upcoming National Geographic story on dolphin cognition. The dolphin success for the week ran the gamut, with bottlenose and spotted sightings, as well as mixed species groups. We completed afternoon trips each day Sun – Thurs, with additional morning trips Mon – Thurs and mid-day trips on Friday and Saturday. On Monday, I gave a lecture during lunch on dolphin photo-identification. The students were great, asking very engaging questions. On Tuesday, I was able to deploy the SM2M, beginning its week at sea, this time recording dolphin echolocation when the dolphins are within close range of this passive acoustic monitor.  Over the course of the week’s 11 dolphin trips (in just seven days!), we were able to see Romeo (#10), Tina (#14), Split Jaw (#22), Swoosh (#36), Niecey (#48, and calf?), Prince William (#64), Tim (#69, pictured here on a very calm day), Addie (#84), Tilly (#87), Inka (#93), Milo (#96), Leslie (#80) and Lil’Jess (#35) and their calves, un-named #s 40, 95 and 97 and possibly Juliette (#12), Freckles (#15) and Cerra (#38).

Although the week ended with a dolphin-less trip on Saturday, it was a great week with fellow researchers, motivated students and talented photographers. The only downfall was that there was no time to rest before the next round of students arrived!

Stay tuned for that update,

Friday was Pam’s and Liana’s last day on Bimini. We started the day off with our second talk aboard thesummerinterns_gallantlady2012 Coral Reef II, this time to a small group of middle-schoolers from Chicago. It was great to be back on the boat, especially with such a welcoming crowd. This time, Pam and Liana got to participate a little bit more in the talk, which was great experience for us. The kids were very well informed and were able to answer a lot of our interactive questions. It was a pleasure to give a talk to such a nice group. They were in especially good spirits for having crossed the rough Gulf Stream the night before. We know that they are going to have a lot of fun on the rest of their trip. Thanks for having us!

We spent the rest of our last day packing, visiting a few of our favorite places on Bimini, saying goodbye to the friends we had made, and reflecting on our internship. The four weeks flew by for both of us and we are sorry to leave. We have a feeling that we will be back to Bimini someday! Every day was a new experience for us and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. We met some great people, loved our time on the dolphin trips, and learned a lot during our time here. Bimini and DCP certainly left a good impression on us and we hope that we did the same in return. We’ll miss the dolphins, the Bimini blue of the water, the hot sun (sometimes), and the Gallant Lady in our backyard (which we are pictured in front of, here), but we are looking forward to things to come. We are thankful for all our experiences and everything we have learned. Thanks DCP!

Farewell for now,
Pam and Liana

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