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Dolphins & Hurricane Season


Dolphins & Hurricanes One question we’re frequently asked is what dolphins do during hurricanes. The short answer is that we just don’t know. Since it’s not safe for humans on boats to be out during storms, we have to rely on opportunistic reports for insights. A few years ago, we

Dolphins & Hurricane Season2021-06-09T11:54:18+00:00



Dolphin F220 Stats Name: F220, also known as Stormy Sex: Male Age: Born 1999 A Dolphin's Life We've observed Stormy more than 600 times since his birth in 1999. He's the fourth calf of FB07, also known as Lightning.  In our research, we’ve found


Piney Point Dolphin Entanglement


On April 7 and April 9, 2021, as our team was conducting photographic identification surveys in the area near the massive discharges of phosphorous and nitrogen polluted waters from Piney Point, an abandoned fertilizer mine near Port Manatee in lower Tampa Bay, we observed an entangled dolphin known as CMA1917, with fishing gear embedded

Piney Point Dolphin Entanglement2021-04-22T13:04:38+00:00

What is happening to the dolphins near Piney Point?


What is Happening to the Dolphins Near Piney Point? We're monitoring the dolphin community near Port Manatee for impacts from the Piney Point discharges of polluted water If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve probably heard about the discharges of phosphorous and nitrogen polluted waters from Piney Point,

What is happening to the dolphins near Piney Point?2021-04-22T14:05:23+00:00



Dolphin C250 Stats Name: C250 Sex: Male Age: Born 2016 A Dolphin's Life C250 is the 10th calf of FB25 and we’ve observed him more than 120 times since his birth in 2016. We usually see him between the north Siesta Key Bridge and


Crunch! Understanding Eagle Ray Diets


Crunch! Understanding Eagle Ray Diets For the first time, a team of researchers has demonstrated that passive acoustic recorders can be used to help identify the prey that whitespotted eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) eat, based merely on the crunching sounds the rays make when they crush a mollusk shell. From

Crunch! Understanding Eagle Ray Diets2021-03-18T13:29:16+00:00

Uncovering Spotted Eagle Ray Migrations Along Florida’s Coastlines


Uncovering Spotted Eagle Ray Migrations Along Florida’s Coastlines A new study is providing insights into the mysterious migrations of whitespotted eagle rays — uncovering interesting differences in the movements of rays along Florida’s east and west coasts and providing important information for species conservation. The whitespotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari)

Uncovering Spotted Eagle Ray Migrations Along Florida’s Coastlines2021-03-08T13:39:54+00:00

Evaluating Costs and Benefits of Intervention


Evaluating the costs and benefits of intervening when dolphins face life threatening entanglements Some of the most popular stories we tell are about the successful rescues we’ve undertaken to save wild dolphins with life-threatening injuries from entanglement in fishing gear or other types of debris. Social media posts about these

Evaluating Costs and Benefits of Intervention2021-03-08T13:03:35+00:00

Short-Finned Pilot Whale Tracking — 2019


On July 29, 2019, members of the public alerted emergency responders about the stranding of five short-finned pilot whales on Redington Beach, Florida. Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s rescue team led the response, heading to the site along with wildlife agencies and local authorities, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida’s

Short-Finned Pilot Whale Tracking — 20192021-02-26T17:25:00+00:00



On March 1, 2016, we received a report of a dolphin that was entangled in a crab trap line off Nokomis Beach. We went to the dolphin’s last reported location from the night before, and found 10-year-old resident dolphin “Bill” with just his blowhole above the water. His tail was wrapped in the float

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