6/18/2014 Dolphin Boat Survey
Conditions: Seas 1-3 feet. Winds E 5- 10 knots
Today’s survey extended from the Jupiter Inlet (N 260 56.624' W 800 03.805') almost down to the Lake Worth inlet and back. The seas and rain started to pick up around 11:00 am.
Research Organization: Taras Oceanographic Foundation
Recorded dolphin photo ID: One very long encounter right at the mouth of the Jupiter inlet. We observed 3-5 tursiops (Bottlenose dolphin). They were active feeding and it was challenging to keep on the fins. We moved around quite a bit.
Other: Bonus sighting of a manta ray leaping out of the water and sailing through the air. This is the first sighting of a manta ray for some of the team members today and it was quite a treat! We also spotted a few very large turtles, both loggerhead and green.
Extra: today’s trip included 5 team members. This makes the sighting more accurate and easier because we have a person looking in every direction.
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