After 7 years away, Captain Pete has returned to the Wild Dolphin Project!
Captain Pete returns to the project with decades of experience, both with us and other vessels, holding a U.S. Coast Guard 1600-ton master license, open oceans. He filled in for our last two trips of the 2022 Field Season, and now he’s hard at work during our off season to get the R/V Stenella ready for next summer.
Pete got his start both in and on the water from a young age, working on boats as a deckhand and mate going back to high school growing up in South Florida. “I’ve been freediving for pennies off the bottom of the pool since first grade,” he said. He first job was taking his brother’s boat down to Key West, and he continued after that fishing and sailing with his uncle and brother starting at 16-years-old. “I’ve been on the water forever.”
We are grateful to have Captain Pete back and his excellent troubleshooting and dolphin-finding skills. We know we are in capable hands.
Captain Pete is particularly excited to get back in the water next summer and is curious if some of the older dolphins recognize him, having known him for more than 20 years.