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June 22 Dolphin Survey

Field Report - Hawaii

Hawaiian Spinner and Spotted Dolphin

Over the past month, the research team has spent most of its time in the office. Very windy weather conditions have prohibited us from doing odontocete (toothed whale) surveys, as it is very challenging to spot dolphins if there are whitecaps on the water. However, we finally had a break this past weekend and spent two days on the water, conducting surveys and collecting marine debris. We were delighted when we had a rare sighting -a pod of spotted and spinner dolphins interacting together! The team collected a number of photographs for our photo-ID catalogs. A good thing that we made the most of those good weather days, because the wind has picked up again and we are now back in the office awaiting our next opportunity to get back on the water.