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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dolphin-spotting: the next big Chesapeake pastime?

Dolphins might be more common and wide-ranging in the Chesapeake Bay than once thought, if recent reports from citizen spotters are any indication.

Since a Chesapeake Dolphin Watch website launched at the end of June, 1,200 people have signed up and reported more than 500 dolphin sightings, often of 10 or more of the mammals at once.

“We knew anecdotally that dolphins were seen in the Chesapeake, but I still wasn’t anticipating anything like the number of sightings we’ve seen reported,” said Helen Bailey, a research associate professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory who helped to launch the website. “It’s just been incredible.”

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am almost 70 years old and grew up in a waterman family. Dolphins have always been here. It's people who go out on the water once every five years and see a dolphin and think it's a big thing. Sheesh!

Anonymous said...

Proof of the health of the bay as well as the abundance of fish... period!