Dolphin rescues along the west coast of Florida

The SDRP is authorized to respond to marine mammal strandings, as a designee under Mote Marine Laboratory’s Letter of Authorization from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Because of our decades of experience and training, we investigate reports of strandings or animals in trouble, and help to rescue or recover them. Entanglement in fishing gear is […]

Shark-dolphin interactions in Sarasota Bay: Tracking bull shark movements

Information on habitat use and movements by Sarasota Bay resident bottlenose dolphins is very well known; yet, the reasons for observed movement patterns and habitat choices are not fully understood, especially as they may be influenced by their potential predators, sharks. My dissertation research focuses on understanding the impacts of predatory sharks on the habitat […]

Fishing for data in Sarasota Bay

Prey fish availability is one of the most important drivers of dolphin behavior, survival, and reproductive success. Since 2004, the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program has explored relationships between the long-term resident dolphins of Sarasota Bay and their prey by conducting seasonal multi-species fish surveys. These surveys allow us to monitor seasonal abundance, distribution, and body […]