2018 Field Season: Trip 2

Trip 2 (from May 22-May30th) started out a little rough. We left late from the dock in hopes that the wind would die down and make our crossing easier. This was not the case. Unfortunately, most of the interns got a good dose of seasickness along the way — welcome

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Dolphin Research: First trip of the 2018 Field Season

  Words and Photos By Bethany Augliere   On May 8, the Wild Dolphin Project boarded our research vessel Stenella to head over to our study area off Grand Bahama Island. We had Northeast winds and about 3 to 4 foot waves, which made for a slightly bumpy crossing.  

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Meet the Team: Research Assistant Cassie Volker

By Bethany Augliere     Cassie Volker spends her summer living on a boat in the Bahamas studying wild dolphins. But 10 years ago, she thought she’d be working as a pharmacist. Volker grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio playing soccer and taking frequent trips to the nearby zoo, which fostered

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9th trip of 2017

Last trip of 2017 –Bethany Augliere Where did the summer go? The field season always seems to fly by, and this summer was no different. Our last trip went well, with great weather and several spotted dolphin encounters. All week long, we celebrated the birthday of our founder and research

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8th Trip of 2017

Trip 8 (August 15th – August 23rd)  Well, it’s mid-August and the water is about 88 degrees F, a typical summer day in the Bahamas.  It’s a reunion trip with previous Board members onboard, and a special guest, Carl Safina.  Well known for his writing and animal advocacy, Carl came

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7th Trip of 2017

Trip #2017-07 (August 1st – August 9th) For the first part of Trip 7,we spent our time surveying off of Grand Bahama Island, searching for the elusive southern cluster. While we didn’t find them, we did come across a group of feeding bottlenose dolphins. Sommer Kuhn, a graduate student with

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6th Trip of 2017

Trip 6:  July 18 — July 27 After enduring some rough weather earlier in the season, Trip 6 of our 2017 field season was a dream!  We ran into part of our Southern group near Grand Bahama- Naia was with her little calf Nala, accompanied by Venti, Flotsam and Vivid.  Down in Bimini

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5th Trip of 2017

Trip #5 (July 4th – July 13th) We spent most of our time in Bimini this trip, and lots of new calves and pregnant females are around these days.  It’s always critical to track individuals every season and this includes who is pregnant and who shows up with a calf. 

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4th Trip of 2017

Trip 2017-04 (June 20th – June 29th) What is the most difficult part of studying dolphin acoustic communication you ask?  Well, it’s really quite difficult to determine who is vocalizing on the underwater video.  Because we are in the water and swim along with the dolphins as they are behaving,

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3rd Trip of 2017

Trip 3 (June 6th – 15th) Crossing the Gulf Stream ahead of a front line entering Florida we knew we might be in for a stormy trip.  Indeed, we had to take shelter for two days in the protection of the West End harbor.  Although summer is our best time

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