Bottle-nose Research with Mundo Azul in Peru
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Written by Chris

September 23, 2009

Working with a nonprofit organization called Mundo Azul for five months, based out of Lima Peru, I was involved in an effort to document the coastal Bottle Nose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Our study site streches from Paracas two hundred km south of Lima to Lima itself. It is an ongoing study and is currently in its fourth year. We have documented over 1500 individual animals thus far which stands to be one of the highest densities in the world known to date. The first results of this study will appear in a paper describing a population estimate, although future papers on sound disturbance, habitat, and family structure look promising. Although much time was spent in the field photographing these magnificent animals, even more work was required in front of a computer sorting through fin after fin. Although effective, Photo-ID takes a lot of grunt work and data processing. I looked forward to both days in the field as well as helping teach volunteers how to carry on the work. Not only do I hope to help push this publication through quickly, but return one day to help carry on the work of marine conservation off the coast of Peru.

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