2019 Field Season: Trip 3

Trip 3: June 4th – 12th By: Liah McPherson and Brittini Hill Trip three started strong! On our first full day, we had three encounters up on the Little Bahama Bank. Our Northern field site covers a large search area and has relatively few spotted dolphins compared to Bimini, so

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2019 Field Season: Trip 2

Trip 2 is in the books! For the majority of this trip we had some harsh winds from the northeast. Knowing that we were going to have some weather for most of the trip, we decided to book it down to Bimini first thing Wednesday morning to give us the

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2019 Field Season: Trip 1

Finally, the 35th field season has started! We had a great first trip with dolphins and with our passengers aboard R/V Stenella. Our encounters weren’t the longest, but we had a lot and we saw just about everything. We had Atlantic spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, interspecies interactions, crater feeding, play,

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Working With Wild Dolphins

When people learn about the work of the Wild Dolphin Project, one of the first questions they ask is if we use scuba. People are curious how we work in the water with the animals. The answer however, is no, we don’t use scuba. How do we work? Keep reading.

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Florida Work Day 9-19-2018

The Bahamas summer field season has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean our days on the water are over. We also conduct surveys along part of our Florida coast under an NMFS permit. On Wednesday last week we took advantage of the calm, glassy waters and went searching

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2018 Field Season: Trip 9

Trip 9 By: Cassie Volker, Research Assistant   I can’t believe I am writing the last blog entry for the 2018 field season, man it flew by! But we couldn’t have had a better way to end the season. Trip 9 started out with a few quick encounters with some

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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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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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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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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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