February 2015 will mark the ninth anniversary of the 10,000 Island Dolphin Survey Team’s work of studying and identifying the bottlenose dolphins that call the Marco Island area their home.
In 2014, we were able to recognize five newborn in our waters to go along with five more that turned a year old, seven that turned 2 and 8 that turned 3 years old. Professionally, it has been rewarding to note which adult females gave birth and which dolphins have new siblings. Personally, it has been just good, plainold fun!
In the name of science, the crew of Naturalist Kent Morse, Capt. Michael Tateo, Capt. Bob Erickson and myself look forward to the new data that our aquatic friends will produce. None of us ever tire from seeing the looks on the faces of our guests when they observe these bottlenose dolphins.
Rather than write about them any further, please enjoy, in pictures, our year in review.
Bob is the owner of Stepping Stone Ecotours and is a naturalist for the dolphin survey team on board The Dolphin Explorer. Bob loves his wife very much!