Bahamas 2000

What’s up with the harbor, dolphins?

For the second time in the last month, I received a report of Atlantic spotted dolphins in the bay of Bimini. I’ve been studying these dolphins off Bimini’s shore for 15 years, with only a single report of spotteds in the harbor last fall, soon after Hurricane Irma (and those dolphins were very close to the opening of the bay/harbor). So…what’s up with coming in the harbor, dolphins?

As we work to ID which dolphins are undertaking this exploration, we hope everyone will be safe and respectful around the dolphins in the this area (and everywhere, of course!) !) – meaning, cautious driving, no touching, no feeding. So far, we know that Romeo (#10) and Leslie (#80), with their calves and another presumed mother/calf pair, were in the March explorer’s club (thank you, Atmo & Amlas!). On Sunday, it was Paul (#99), Vee (#101) and un-named #110. All looking healthy and not stressed (but circling in an atypical area).

Wild animals always keeping it interesting. Who’da thought.


(Interested in supporting DCP’s research? Consider joining our August eco-tour and help search for the dolphins yourself! 26 – 31 August 2018. Click here for all the details.)

Thank you,!

Happy National Dolphin Day! Yup. Did you know that April 14th is National Dolphin Day? This year, we are once again thankful for all of our supporters and today we add to that list. My Pet Needs That is focused around providing advice and guidance for pet owners worldwide. We are grateful to be a part of My Pet Needs That’s current campaign to help non-profits. Thank you!

If your company is interested in becoming a corporate sponsor of DCP, please contact us at info{at}dcpmail{dot}org. If you are interested in making a donation – whether a one-time show of support or monthly commitment – head to our Donate page under the “Ways to Help” menu.

PS: Interested in joining DCP in the field, assisting with research and observing dolphins? Join us in The Bahamas from 26 August – 31 August 2018. Learn more here!

2018 Short Field Experience: Apply Now!

DCP is now accepting two Short Field Experience Interns (SFE interns) to join our Bimini, The Bahamas field site from 22 May - 3 June 2018. SFE interns will get a jam-packed experience, learning about DCP's data collection, data entry and data analysis procedures. With supervision by experienced DCP researchers, SFE interns will contribute directly to DCP's research and education efforts while getting a taste of the research life for themselves. The fee for this experience is $600 which covers lodging, utilities and drinking water. Transportation (by air or ferry) to Bimini and food while on Bimini are not included. Spaces will be filled on a rolling-basis, so we recommend getting your application in as soon as possible. To apply, please complete our internship application, however only the following supplemental materials are required: cover letter, resume and one (1) letter of recommendation. Applicants must be 18 years old to apply and preference may be given to those applicants over 21 years old.

Questions? Email us at info{at}dcpmail{dot}org.

The Dolphin Gazette, Issue 22, 1

Looking back and looking ahead! Kathleen shares an overview of her January university courses at RIMS and invites you to join her in the fall. Kel gives info on opportunities in Bimini - with eco-tours or an internship. A heads up on our fast approaching 20th Anniversary wraps up the issue along with a fun crossword puzzle to entice you into the field! 
Thanks for reading - and sharing!

Click here to download your copy now!

The future of (almost) everything

UCONN, Kathleen's alma mater, asked alums in various businesses what they think the future holds for their particular industry, be it education, finance, entertainment, or space exploration. Scroll down to the science section to read Kathleen's thoughts!

Connect the Dots

Check out Coastal Angler Magazine Fort Myers Edition for a short artile by Kel! DCP hopes that the Coastal Angler readers enjoy this introduction into DCP's work, particularly photo-ID and all the questions recognizing individuals allows us to ask.

Want to join us in Bimini yourself? We are currently accepting sign-ups for May 2018 and August 2018 eco-tours - click here to learn more.

Can't travel to Bimini? Pre-order your snazzy shirt today and wear it knowing your purchase supports our dolphin research efforts!

Sail away with me - in Bimini!!

Woo-who! We are excited to offer two - that's right two - opportunities to join us in Bimini, The Bahamas. Here, we study wild Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. By joining a DCP Bimini eco-tour, you not only get an awesome, bucket-list worthy vacation, but you ensure DCP gets much needed boat time to collect our data. You'll learn about the dolphins and our research, even assisting if you want! Packages are all-inclusive (accommodations, food, boat trips, tax). We work with the most experienced Bahamian operator on the island. And, we can't wait for you to join us. 

Click here for all the details, including:

Session 1: Check-in Saturday 26 May, Check-out Thursday 31 May 2018

Session 2: Check-in Sunday 26 August, Check-out Friday 31 August 2018

$1875 per person (ask about our $50 US check discount!)

Includes: 5 nights' accommodation (double occupancy; single available for fee), 5 boat trips (weather dependent), All meals (private cook!), Boat snacks, Drinking water, Rental snorkel gear, DCP talks, Bahamian tax (VAT)

Note: The package begins with lunch on arrival day, followed by the first boat trip, generally departing at 2 or 3 p.m. The package ends after breakfast on departure day.

Not included: Transportation to/from Bimini, Transportation between airport/arrival port and hotel, Gratuity

They're baaaaaaaack! Order your DCP shirt today!

You can rock an awesome DCP shirt this spring…and summer…and fall…You get the idea! We are pleased to offer the chance to pre-order DCP shirts, including, for the first time, stylish, flowy women’s tanks. This special order period ends on March 7, 2018. Shirts and bundles are expected to ship on or before April 2nd. USPS Priority shipping is included in the price of the shirts. Regrettably, we can currently only ship to US & Canadian addresses. All shirt purchases help fund our research and education efforts. Plus, pre-ordering your shirt, you help DCP reduce the overhead of placing the shirt order with our printer – which is super helpful! So go on. Click here and take a look.

22 Jan 2018

DCP Field Course Wrap-Up for January 2018 at RIMS, AKR

I spent two weeks on Roatan with two engaged, energetic and enthusiastic groups of students. One from Colorado State University and one from the University of Rhode Island (URI). Collectively, we were able to record a bit more than four hours of video data in nine early morning sessions. Mother Nature threw quite a bit of rain, wind and waves at us during both weeks but kicked it up a notch during our second week at Anthony's Key Resort and the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences.
Each group had safe and uneventful travels home, though my trek was a tad delayed this past weekend. All inbound flights on Saturday were delayed, and one was even cancelled! The group from URI was able to depart relatively on time and my flight was two hours delayed with an unplanned stop in Tampa to change pilots. So, I had the opportunity to spend an extra night in Atlanta on my way home. While not raining, the temps were decidedly lower than on Roatan!
When all is said and done, we had a very productive two weeks. I'll be processing video logs for several months. I also learned about a software for processing behavior from video. I'll need practice on it but I think it will be a useful tool!
Thank you all for paying attention and sharing our Roatan Adventures with us!

Dory Leaping
20 Jan 2018

Mother Nature Saved the Best for Last!

It was the most beautiful day so far this week because the sun greeted us as we took the taxi boat to Bailey’s Cay! We did a full 30 min observation session despite the very strong current and the cheeky, rambunctious dolphins. The dolphins were very active today; they were very social at the surface also. We did pretty well recognizing the dolphins who swam by our observation posts.

After dolphin observations, we had a scrumptious breakfast followed by a data analysis session where we taught Kathleen how to use “BORIS,” a behavioral coding software. It was relatively straightforward and user-friendly for documenting both state and point event samples. Justin and Kathleen took pity on the fact that we’d not had much sun all week. So, they gave us an hour before lunch to soak up the sun!

We had a great lunch (cheese pizza, cheeseburgers, and sea bass). After lunch, we went back to Bailey’s Cay to observe training sessions. We divvied up into four groups of 3 and each group had a different trainer and dolphin. Kianna, Hannah and Gabby hung out with Gracie and her trainer. Gracie gave them hugs and kisses and was showing off to Alita by doing behaviors that Alita was learning … so a case of observational learning. Sam, Becky, and Erin sat with Eldon who was training Stan and Dory. Dory was a bit pushy and swam around while Stan was trying to do the behaviors Eldon asked. Stan and Dory are classic toddlers with huge amounts of energy. Chloe, Kendall, and Lauren observed Elyork as he spent time with Bailey and her calf and also Mrs. Beasley and Carmella. Elyork was letting the calf know that fish from him was ok and was introducing him to targeting. Mrs. Beasley and Carmella had light sessions and mostly hung out. Jess, Liz, and Danielle got to watch Zachary, Cain and Nick work with Calli and Elli. Calli was practicing husbandry procedures and we got to see her remora up close! We also noticed new rake marks on Calli’s right side near her pec fin.

We had the afternoon to ourselves (all 2.5 hrs!) to explore Bailey’s and Anthony’s Cay. A few of us rode horses while a few others showered, read, visited the beach and contemplated the paddle boards. Our evening has wrapped up with a rowdy discussion on animal welfare and the issues around captivity. We are writing our blog before dinner so we can have a leisurely meal and enjoy our last evening on Roatan at AKR!

Tomorrow, we head home. It’s been a radical, unforgettable week.

Kathleen, Justin and the URI MMPB team

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