In the last 8 days, I've been to sea 6 times! Lots of data, but lots of energy expended, too.

I was almost grateful of the wind because it meant that my body would get a rest.

Okay, I admit it, I took a 3 hour nap this afternoon. It was wonderful! I also have begun the task of preparing for the end of this year's field season. That is, I made a list of people I need to write thank you letters to and began drafting them. I also finished tape 9 with respect to video logging the dolphin identities that can be made. The was the tape that was recorded on Sunday (17 min) and Monday (40 min).

On Monday, I was able to confirm four adult males newly seen for this season as well as two more adult females with 2 yr old juveniles! And, I believe I recorded the Adult female who had her calf on 9 July ... but I must have two other researchers review the videotapes for confirmation. I'll keep you posted on her identity.

The early evening was spent at a summer festival put on by the Kindergarten class. There are 14 students in the pre-school/kindergarten class. The mom's made a few types of food. We all bought 400 yen food tickets and received a raffle number aswell as food in exchange. Delicious! The toung class performed a few songs for us after we dined. And, I won a hand-knitted sweater! About half the village participated in the evening's festivities.

The wind is supposed to decrease tonight ... let's hope so as the number of days available to me for boat trips is dwindling swiftly (only 5 remaining).
Cheers
Kathleen

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