Archive for the ‘– Other News’ Category

– Up & Running Fundraiser Benefits HSWRI (2017-7-15)

Nothing better than a race on the beach with the Florida sun coming up to benefit our marine mammal stranding program! Over 300 participants enjoyed post-race snacks and beer courtesy of Longdoggers Satellite Beach. Special thanks to Elizabeth Ring and Up & Running Fitness for putting on this fundraiser for us in its third year. […]

– IRL Survey Progress Report (2017-6-8)

In the last nine months our scientists and collaborators completed more than 100 surveys in the first comprehensive vessel survey of Indian River Lagoon (IRL) dolphins. To date we’ve processed 100,000 photos from the trips. The photos’ data will estimate the IRL dolphin population, which has suffered multiple Unusual Mortality Events recently. We are extremely […]

– Otter Presentation at Brevard County Barrier Island Center (2017-5-26)

#WorldOtterDay may be over but our work is not – join our Research Scientist Megan Stolen at Brevard County Barrier Island Center tomorrow for information on how you can help Indian River Lagoon otters!

– Otter Spotter Interview on WFIT (2017-5-25)

Our research scientist Megan Stolen was interviewed this week on WFIT’s Coastal Connection program about Otter Spotter, our new citizen science program where the community helps collect information about Indian River Lagoon otters. Listen to her interview here: http://wfit.org/post/calling-all-otter-spotters#stream/0 Find out more about the program here! http://hswri.org/indian-river-lagoon-otters/

– Indian River Lagoon survey (2017-4-18)

Teams are out today in the final series of survey days to count dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) along the east coast of Florida. Dolphins are photographed and identified by the shape of their fin. This study is the most comprehensive survey of IRL dolphins and is critically needed as this population has […]

– National Dolphin Day (2017-4-14)

Happy #NationalDolphinDay! Here at HSWRI we’re committed to dolphin conservation and have helped with their rescues and studied their health and populations for more than three decades. We educate the community year round about ‘best practices’ for boating and fishing around dolphins, the health of the Indian River Lagoon, and other topics key to keeping […]

– Where’s Rodeo? (2017-4-4)

Forget Waldo – where’s Rodeo? We responded to Rodeo when he stranded in June 2013 – he received expert care at SeaWorld Orlando’s rehabilitation center. In November 2013, Rodeo was released back into the Indian River Lagoon and we monitored his movements and health with a radio-transmitter. We saw him recently during a survey more […]

– April Fools! (2017-4-1)

Happy #AprilFoolsDay! One of the ocean pranksters we work with are Kogia whales – they’re the most common stranded live whale our Florida team helps. Kogia whales store ink in their large intestines and shoot it at predators, mainly sharks, to confuse them and make their escape. They are amazing creatures and most of what […]

– Dolphins and Pelicans Hang Out (2017-3-24)

Our lab in Melbourne Beach has been a popular spot with dolphins and pelicans this week. This was taken Tuesday when a large group of pelicans and a pod of about 30 dolphins came by to fish and hang out on our dock. The dock was heavily damaged last October by a hurricane but that […]

– Aerial Survey Update (2017-2-6)

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 […]