– Aerial Survey Update

Our Research Scientist Wendy Noke Durden recently published abundance estimates and trends from nearly a decade of aerial surveys of Indian River Lagoon bottlenose dolphins. The information we gather monitors the effects of ecological disturbances, unusual mortality events, and human impacts on this key species. We found that abundance estimates increased during extremely cold winter events and that the average abundance was 1,000 Indian River Lagoon dolphins. As always, further investigation is needed to conserve this important dolphin population.