2018 Field Season: Trip 7

By Liah McPherson   Trip 7 of our field season began with a great encounter with moms and calves on our first day! We had just cleared customs and were heading to anchorage when spotted dolphins came leaping to the bow of the RV Stenella. The group consisted of Naia,

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Dolphins and Drones— Studying Behavior from Above

As any scientist will tell you, field work is no walk in the park.  In our case, the research depends on calm enough weather, a smoothly running boat, and the agenda of wild dolphins.  The ocean could be as flat as glass— but if the dolphins aren’t interested in our

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2018 Field Season: Trip 6

By Cassie Volker   Unfortunately, the weather got the best of us this trip. We had mostly sunny skies during the days, but the wind was whipping like crazy! When we have high winds the water becomes too rough for us to work and we end up anchoring for cover.

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2018 Field Season: Trip 5

  By Liah McPherson   We began Trip 5 of our field season on the Little Bahama Bank, off Grand Bahama Island, retrieving the acoustic receivers that were deployed on Trip 3 and looking for the elusive spotted dolphins in that region.  (To learn more about these receivers check out

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Trip 4: Smooth Seas and Lots of Dolphins

Writing and Photos By Bethany Augliere   I’ll just start by saying that Trip 4 was fantastic! We had spectacular weather, amazing dolphin encounters, and a great group of people.   Grand Bahama Island On our crossing over to Grand Bahama Island, some of the crew onboard saw false killer

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Can you hear me now?

Watch the deployment on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IWNKRhyO5GI Researchers all over the world have turned to Passive Acoustic Monitoring (P.A.M.) as a technique to record underwater audio signals from marine mammals.  PAM systems are typically deployed and sit on the bottom or hang in the water column attached to the bottom at various

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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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Florida Work Day 1/6/2017

With the rough boating weather we have been having, the Wild Dolphin Project crew has been itching to get back to sea! We caught a break the first week of the new year, so we headed out to calm, local waters to search for dolphins! The Wild Dolphin Project has

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It’s Summer!

  The 2015 field season is already here, where did winter go?! We are eagerly waiting to get to the Bahamas and catch up with some familiar friends like BigGash, Mugsy, and Nassau. Unfortunately, our first trip was cancelled due to Tropical Storm Ana, which produced large swells in the

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Dolphins, Turtles, and Sharks Oh My: Trip 1 of the 2014 Field Season!

June 1, 2014 Text by Bethany Augliere   Well, we are back from a great start to the 2014 field season! We got a little bit of a late start due to some pesky weather, but after two days of waiting at the dock we were able to get across

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