We conduct our dolphin conservation research along the southeast coast of Florida under a NOOA permit (LOA 13386). Specifically, we (1) shed light on the overall dolphin population, including whether its members are resident or transient, (2) compare, contrast, and evaluate how different environments influence dolphin distribution and habitat utilization, (3) assess the overall health status of the animals, (4) provide an understanding of how our own health and well-being is impacted by the conditions of marine environment, and (5) help develop conservation measures benefiting the ocean, dolphins and all people. We employ standard boat-based surveys and photo-identification techniques, GIS mapping and analytical tools. Using a 28ft vessel, generously provided by the Jupiter Pointe Boat Club, surveys are conducted year-round (weather permitting). As of 2016, we have identified more than 300 bottlenose and spotted dolphins, many of which are seen regularly in our coastal waters. For more information, contact the program’s Director Barbara Brunnick, Ph.D., or check out this video. In his essay Dr. Harzen provides a more detailed rationale of why it is important to study dolphins.
If you like to play an active role as a dolphin docent or naturalist volunteer, join our Dolphin Club.
Jupiter Pointe Boat Club: jupiterpointe.com/boat-club