It’s #NationalVolunteerWeek! At Hubbs, we could not do what we do without the help of our dedicated volunteers. In honor of #NVW, throughout the week we will share a bit about what our volunteers do and their dedication to #HelpSeaChange.
Carli volunteers at our Coconut Point lab in Melbourne Beach, Florida which is situated right on the Indian River Lagoon. She helps track the movement of known dolphins in the Halifax River and Indian River Lagoon by assisting during boat surveys and identifying individual dolphins using photo identification. HSWRI scientists survey local estuarine waters and take thousands of photos which are all sorted and identified back at our lab with the help of volunteers like Carli. Since no two dolphin dorsal fins are alike, photo ID, while a tedious process, helps HSWRI identify dolphins we have previously seen and keep track of their well-being. Carli is currently in college studying marine biology and hopes to work hands on with dolphins or sharks one day. Thank you Carli!