Exploring Microbiomes


Exploring Microbiomes The science of understanding microbiomes has received increasing attention over the past few decades, especially in the context of understanding animal health. Microbomes are a collection of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.) living together and interacting with each other in an environment. Animals — including humans — have

Exploring Microbiomes2021-10-13T13:13:42+00:00

Seagrass Matters


Seagrass Matters This summer (2021), we've continued our purse-seine catch-and-release fish surveys in Sarasota Bay. These surveys, conducted seasonally since 2004, allow us to gain an indication of the relative abundance of fish in Sarasota Bay — important information for understanding one of dolphins’ main ecological drivers: their prey. Our

Seagrass Matters2021-10-05T15:23:08+00:00

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

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

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
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