Roatan: Summer 2018

Day 8 - June 9 - Dolphin Swim and REEF survey

We started today with a dolphin orientation session, standing waist deep in the water with a trainer and their dolphin. After a 30 min. session, where everyone got to touch, “kiss” and “cradle” a dolphin, the students got to swim with the dolphins in the two-acre enclosure. They had plenty of contact with the dolphins, including nips, pushes and rubs. The dolphin pod was excited this morning and ready to play, so everyone got some quality interactions.

The first dive of the day was a REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation) fish survey dive. The students identified the various species of fishes present and quantified the prevalence of those species on their data sheet. Then they entered the results on-line with REEF and once they complete two surveys they will become certified level II REEF fish observers. They have already successfully passed the written exam for this certification. On the second dive the students began their research project with sharpednosed puffers.