A comparative analysis of the spatial and temporal distributions of bottlenose dolphins and recreational boating in Sarasota Bay, Florida

About 5% of resident bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay bear scars from having been struck by boat propellers. While many people consider dolphins to be too quick and nimble to be struck by boats, this is clearly not the case. For my Master’s thesis, I evaluated the spatial and temporal distribution patterns of recreational boating […]

2016: Human interactions in Sarasota Bay

Human population and recreational use within coastal ecosystems is rising, and dolphins and other wildlife face increasing problems due to frequent interactions with boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing activities within their ranges. Close encounters with boats or fishing gear can injure or kill dolphins, and repeated disturbance from human activities disrupts critical natural behaviors including […]