The oldest known wild dolphins, 64-yr-old Nicklo and 61-yr-old BlackTipDoubleDip, were among the more than 20 dolphins observed on December 26th, during our final photographic identification survey of 2014.
The dolphins were observed from the newest addition to the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program fleet, the 21 ft R/V Martha Jane, generously donated by SDRP volunteer George Morgan and his wife Jane.
In 2014, the long-term resident Sarasota Bay dolphin community saw five confirmed losses, including 58-yr-old Squiggy, offset by six new calves that have survived through the year. SDRP staff engaged in three successful bottlenose dolphin rescues in 2014.
In 2014, the SDRP staff authored or co-authored 17 peer-reviewed publications, with 4 more in press, and 6 more submitted and in review. Staff and collaborators made 13 scientific and 8 public or university presentations. Three PhD and one Master’s student working with our program graduated in 2014.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our program’s donors, volunteers, interns, graduate students, and collaborators from around the world for helping us to continue our conservation research, education, and activities into our 45th year.
We wish you the best in 2015.