We received a contract from the US Marine Mammal Commission to tag as many dolphins as possible. The goal was to learn about residency and herd structure to help conservation managers make policy decisions.
The capture team consisted mostly of volunteers, using mostly borrowed equipment, and usually three boats. Radios were borrowed hand-held sets, one for each boat. At about 3 PM in the afternoon, all the batteries would fail, and we’d work for the rest of the day using hand signals between boats. We have much better equipment and more volunteers now.
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