The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. - Rachel Carson
Marine Wildlife Observation and Data Entry
Years of data has been opportunistically collected through videos and logs, through both shipboard and shore observations. Marine mammal tour operators have donated their sighting logs for processing to further conservation efforts. Videos are viewed to obtain behavior and photo identification data of marine life including dolphin, turtles and whales. Journals correlate and give additional information to the video recordings.
Written information (dates, times, location, number of animals, etc.) is entered into computer spreadsheets. Translated into tracking and mapping of pod movement, population and health parameters, data will be further processed into the Wild Dolphin Foundation web site to disseminate simplified “clickable” information to students, educators, other research efforts and the general public.
Dolphin Photo ID: WDF uses identifications obtained from the field to study the population parameters of the coastal dolphins using Mark- Recapture analysis to determine abundance and distribution. Our photo ID web page (under development)can be used as a tool for publishing and sharing photo-identification data among researchers, students, teachers and the interested public. Field studies are a valuable tool that can be applied to worldwide conservation efforts.