First trip of 2016!

Our 32nd year in the field and some very BIG NEWS! Well, it’s May and as it often is in the spring, a bit windy and chilling. Crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas was a bit lumpy but after 6 hours we arrived to clear customs in the Bahamas.

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First Trip of 2015!

After a cancelled first trip due to weather, Trip 2 made it out successfully! We had 6 interns on board as well as our regular crew including two graduate students, a cook, captain, first mate, and myself. To get to the Bahamas the R/V Stenella must cross the Gulf Stream,

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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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Interns with the Wild Dolphin Project: Liah and Shauna

“Interning with the Wild Dolphin Project was easily the most enriching experience of my life.” ~ Liah Mcpherson, student intern In the past few years, the Wild Dolphin Project has started taking student interns on board. This internship is primarily designed to expose students to fieldwork while allowing them to

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Life in a Dolphin Pod: Male Social Structure

Life in a Dolphin Pod Part 1: Male Social Structure An exhale, a few black fins slicing through the surface, maybe a leap, and then they disappear. Most people only ever see dolphins from the surface, a glimpse from the beach or while on a boat. But that is only the beginning,

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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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Wild Dolphin Project: Off the Florida Coast

April 17, 2014 Article by: Bethany Augliere   In addition to our work in the Bahamas the Wild Dolphin Project has a US permit that allows us to do basic photo-ID work with dolphins off the coast of South Florida. Despite several attempts to survey offshore of this winter, wind

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CHAT: Is It A Dolphin Translator Or An Interface?

March 31 2014 article by Dr. Denise Herzing   CHAT:  Is It A Dolphin Translator Or An Interface?   I call it a human/dolphin interface or acoustic keyboard.  The word ‘translator” conjures up images of some magical device that somehow utilizes some universally discovered patterns and translates words to the

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Wild Dolphin Project: Winter in the Bahamas

The Wild Dolphin Project recently took a trip to the Bahamas to see what the dolphins were up to this winter! Winter trips are historically challenging due to cooler north winds causing giant swells in the Gulf Stream. However, with a more flexible schedule we were able to wait it

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Nassau the “Afghan Girl” Dolphin

During the summer of 2013 award-winning photographer Brian Skerry joined the Wild Dolphin Project to photograph Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) for an article by National Geographic Magazine on dolphin intelligence.   In particular, Brian wanted to photograph an adult female dolphin named Nassau. Nassau was on the September 1992

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