2021 Field Season Summary

Following an almost non-existent 2020 field season due to COVID-19, we were anxious to start this year.  We did not have a full 2021 field season however, because every season has its bumps. But we did gather basic life history information and we saw plenty of dolphins!  We saw a

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Sharks? Boats? possibly Orcas?

This summer we observed many dolphins in our population with wounds. We try to keep track of scars and wounds because they can be used as identifiers throughout a dolphin’s life.  Usually a few dolphins each summer receive a new nick or scratch, but this summer we had at least

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New Research Alert! Shifting Home Ranges in Spotted Dolphins

Recently, WDP graduate student Brittini Hill completed her master’s degree and thesis research. So, WDP sat down with Brittini to talk to her about her research and why she was interested in this question. Check it out. WDP: What was the goal of this research paper? BH: In 2013, an

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The other dolphin of the Bahamas….

People travel from all over the world to snorkel and dive with the charismatic dolphins of the Bahamas, like the the playful spotted dolphins or aloof bottlenose. They’re pretty well-known marine mammals for the area. But, there’s another dolphin that cruises the waters of the Bahamas, and is far more

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Meet the Team: Captain Brad Ruda

Brad Ruda grew up in the Lake Worth, Florida and always loved the water and being outside. He spent his days boating fishing, camping and canoeing. After graduating high school, Brad had been working as a dockhand at the same marina where we dock our research vessel Stenella. He regularly

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2020 Field Season: Trip 2

Trip #2 & maybe our last for the 2020 Field Season… The 2020 Field Season is proving to be an interesting and frustrating one. Due to delayed COVID-19 test results, this last trip started four days late and on top of that we also had rough seas for the remainder

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2020 Field Season: Trip 1

As I am sure everyone is experiencing the impact of COVID-19 in some capacity, we are experiencing the same here at WDP. This pandemic has wreaked havoc on our summer field season. We are starting two months late, and unfortunately some people have had to cancel their trips with us

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More than Spotted Dolphins…

False killer whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins —these are just a few of the amazing marine mammals we’ve seen when crossing from Florida to the Bahamas to research the resident dolphins in our study site. Surprisingly, however, little is known about mammals in this region

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2019 Field Season: Trip 7, 8, 9

End of Season Blog – A challenging end to our field season. After a spectacular season of trips and data collection during May, June and July, our August trips were challenged by weather and other issues. We escaped the brunt of Hurricane Dorian but with the approaching storm we ended

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Meet WDP Cook, Theresa Carlsen.

  We’ve said here at the Wild Dolphin Project many times — it takes a team to make the project (and in particular) the field season run smoothly! To study dolphins in the Bahamas every summer, we live on our 65-foot Research Vessel Stenella. The boat holds 12 people and

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