Saturday, May 11, 2013

Many dolphins, but no whales

Our first day on the water was, according to the weather forecast, to be the best for the next few days. So we headed north in search of the melon-headed whales. But it was not to be. Instead, we saw many bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), in addition to several spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata).

One of the many dolphins seen during today's fieldwork (Photo: M. Kaplan, NMFS permit # 15530 to CRC)  

The most notable sight of the day was this frigate bird, which, when seen, was in the midst of devouring a tasty morsel of fish.
(Photo: M. Kaplan)

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