Tag Archives: Kent Morse

Dolphin Explorer: 8 Years of Research

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Over here is Halfway, an adult female bottlenose dolphin and mom to at least four calves. Over there is one of our dominant male pair bonds, Hatchet and Capri.” These are common refrains by naturalist Kent Morse and marine biologist James Liviccari on board the Dolphin Explorer. With 16 years of experience between them ... Read More »

Dolphin Program Extended

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com A local tourist attraction on Marco Island is now offering marine education to Collier County students. The Dolphin Explorer, a dolphin-sightseeing boat owned by Sea Excursions, has developed a ten-week lesson plan for grades two through five revolving around the science attained on every single one of its public-offered trips. As a sightseeing vessel, guests board ... Read More »

Lessons learned aboard the Dolphin Explorer

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “Dolphin at five o’clock!” shouts a guest aboard The Dolphin Explorer vessel. Another brief sighting of a dorsal fin and Captain Chris Desmond turns the boat around to get a closer look. Meanwhile, on-board biologist and researcher, James Livaccari, prepares his camera and iPad to track the dolphin by photo and location. The twenty-plus guests on ... Read More »

Saving Seymour…The Dolphin

By Natalie Strom The news of Seymour the dolphin’s rescue on Friday, March 9th, reached far and wide as a team of 26 people in six boats helped save his life. Locals had come to know of Seymour’s plight thanks to the research of The Dolphin Explorer, a sightseeing vessel that traverses the waters around Marco Island. Seymour, an eight-year ... Read More »

Searching for Seymour… the dolphin

By Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com  Marco Island’s dolphin population is asking for our help. According to researchers on The Dolphin Explorer, a sight-seeing vessel out of Rose Marco River Marina, there is a local population of roughly 60 to 70 bottlenose dolphins. These dolphins roam within the Marco River, around Isles of Capri, Keewaydin Island and down into the 10,000 Islands ... Read More »