– Boat Danger with Marine Wildlife

With increased boat traffic along coastal ecosystems, there is an increased danger for both dolphins and manatees. It is important to be mindful of protected wildlife. Several dolphins in our study area bare evidence of vessel strikes, and we are currently monitoring a dolphin in the Mosquito Lagoon on the east coast of Florida, that recently suffered a severe boat strike. We are hopeful that this animal will be able to survive the injuries. Our routine photo-ID surveys will allow us to monitor the dolphin’s condition.

You can help protect dolphins by following the Dolphin SMART recommendations, obeying NOAA Fisheries guidelines by remaining at least 50 y away from dolphins, and wearing polarized sunglasses while boating to more easily see submerged animals. Check out this information provided by www.dolphinsmart.org for more information on responsible dolphin viewing: