Yesterday evening round at Chanonry Point, Kesslet - my favourite dolphin and another adult (number 748) were hunting for salmon. This photo is just to quash the rumour that dolphins are vegetarians!
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Normally at this time of year our dolphins are beginning to show up at Chanonry Point in twos and threes but yesterday (Wednesday) I had over 12 dolphins all hunting in the deep water just off the beach. Sundance, Moonlight, Rainbow and Nevis were there as well as some of my other favourites. Here's a photo of two of the juveniles having a breaching contest.
A little wind has turned into constant and strong wind, which translates into more days without whale watching. You can watch for whales from land here, in fact every day a few people tell me they saw a whale breaching right in front of their house. However, I never seem to be looking in the right place as I have yet to see a whale from shore.
Onto every experience a little rain must fall, except when working on the water it is usually a little wind that will blow. Today we were what is call blown out, meaning that the seas were too rough to take the boat out due to strong Northeast winds of 20 mph. So I thought I would tell you a little about the Turks and Caicos.
After two full days on the water, we have had about 15 documented sightings, lots of activity and even a few flukes. Humpbacks fluke up considerably more in their feeding grounds then they do here in their breeding grounds, which will make our photo identification a little more slow going. However, I am not complaining, as I have never had such a beautiful field location.
WDCS has sent me, Sue Rocca - one of their research biologist, down to the Caribbean to conduct research on humpback whales that are seen in the Turks and Caicos. We are concentrating on Salt Cay where 2 local businesses are taking people out what whale watching. Salt Cay is a 3 square mile island in the Turks and Caicos which is at the southeast end of the Bahaman Archipelago.