• They have a lot more to teach us.

    We've learned a lot with your help. But there's still so much we need to know to protect our wild dolphin neighbors.

    Give to dolphin research at the Cape Lookout Studies Program.

  • Sea Turtel sick and injured from fishing line

    You can stop this.

    Protecting marine wildlife is within your reach.

    When you give to put monofilament recycling bins within reach of conscientious boaters and anglers.

  • Harbor seal in need

    Save lives, reduce suffering, learn more.

    It's a win, win, win – when you support our Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

    Please give generously to the Cape Lookout Studies Program.

  • Cetacean Studies

    Inspire curiosity.

    What does it take to get students interested in science and conservation? Your help.

    Please give generously to support Cetacean Studies and the Bonehenge rearticulation project.

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Tursiops

Tursiops truncatus is the scientific name for the common bottlenose dolphin. Tursiops is also the user name shared by volunteers who contribute to this blog. If you have an idea for a blog post, or think we should comment on an article you’ve found, click the contact button above and drop us a line!

615 dead dolphins on Peru beaches; acoustic tests for oil to blame? – World News

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Marine Mammal Stranding Network

615 dolphins have washed up on Peru beaches. More dolphins suspected dead. Surely we can do better. Are you ready for oil drilling off North Carolina? Is this the kind of thing that will help tourism and tourism related jobs? Something to think about.

615 dead dolphins found on Peru beaches; acoustic tests for oil to blame? – World News.

Get a Protect Wild Dolphins license plate today!

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Donate

Protect Wild Dolphins License Plate

The Cape Lookout Studies Program and the North Carolina Maritime Museum have a license plate program with a great conservation message.

By purchasing the special “Protect Wild Dolphin” NC Maritime Museum special license plate you will be supporting the museum’s research, conservation and education programs. Demonstrating your interest in protecting bottlenose dolphins and their habitat and making your car look better!

James Bond's Lotus, with our license plate

The coolest drivers Protect Wild Dolphins

The NCMM license plate proceeds help protect and increase our understanding of bottlenose dolphins that frequent the North Carolina coast.

Revenues from the plate sales will benefit the Cape Lookout Studies Program through the Friends of the Museum to support the education, conservation and research programs of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

Keith Rittmaster with the right plate

Protect Wild Dolphins License Plate, better than an OBX sticker

Sale of the dolphin plates will benefit both this project, and environmental studies and educational field trips that are part of the Maritime Museum’s Cape Lookout Studies Program. For each $30 plate purchased, the Friends of the Maritime Museum support group will receive $20. To personalize a dolphin plate requires an additional $20.

 

Breakdown of Protect Wild Dolphins" license plate sales by quarter. It's time to make your mark on the graph!

Breakdown of Protect Wild Dolphins” license plate sales by quarter. It’s time to make your mark on the graph!

Ready for your “Protect Wild Dolphins” license plate?

Go to your local license plate agency

Contact the DMV at (919) 861-3575
Visit the NC DMV website special plates page and follow these steps:

  • Click “Order a Special Plate”
  • Click the letter “M” for Maritime Museum
  • Click on the Protect Wild Dolphins License Plate image
  • Click “Purchase this Plate” and follow on-screen instructions!
  • Go to the beach and when you see dolphin fins, they’re saying “Thanks, bud!”

2010 Thank you donors, volunteers, contributors and collaborators.

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Thank You / Volunteer

Listed below are individuals/groups whose generosity helped sustain the Cape Lookout Studies Program in 2010 by providing printer ink, photo paper, office supplies, bolt cutters, vice, band saw, dremmel tool, lodging in Rhode Island, Bonehenge.org bone adoptions, boat batteries, tools, propane, hardware, cleaning supplies, lumber, hand soap, food, notebooks, XM Radio subscription, web hosting fees, web site maintenance, drill bits, boat fuel, boat use, $6,064 in cash donations/grants, and approximately 2,000 hours of volunteer time.  THANK YOU!!  Sincere thanks also go out to everyone who has an NC “Protect Wild Dolphins” special license plates which raised for Friends of the Museum a total of $12,660 in 2010.   The dolphins thank you too.

Amy ThullenArcher Daniels Midland Co.Arthur Mattmiller
Beaufort Middle School
Bella Larson
Beth Bockoven
Bonnie Monteleone
Brooks
Bruce McCutcheon
Bud and Anna Doughton
Cape Lookout Nat’l Seashore
Carl Spangler
Carolina Cay Maritime Found.
Collette Mattmiller
Craig Harms
Dail Bridges
Dana Henderson
Daphne Littiken
David Brown
Dick Barmore
Elizabeth White
Friends of the Museum
Green River Preserve
Heidi Gordon
Haywood + Mary Holderness
Howard Lineberger
Hugh Wilde
Janet Frye
Janet Thayer
Jim Thullen
Jim and Kathi Fudesco
John Brewer
John Hammond
John Russell
Josh Summers
Karen Davis
Karen Hattman
Keith Rittmaster
Kim Merrels
Larry Copeland
Lora Fasolino
Nan Bowles
Nelson Owens
NOAA Fisheries
Patti Owens
Paul Nader
Paula Gilliken
Pudge McCutcheon
Sea Stewards
Sherry York
Steve Hassenfelt
Terry Greene
The Lookout Foundation
Tom Kirmeyer
Tom Lenweaver
Triangle Community Found.
Vic Fasolino
Vicky Thayer
Virginia Stambaugh
Will and Martha Rabert
William Prentice

Click here to visit our Thank You page – dedicated to the supporters, volunteers, backers and collaborators of the Cape Lookout Studies Program.

Haywood Holderness – the “fun” in fundraising

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Thank You / Volunteer

Keith keeps asking me to add information to the staff page about all Haywood Holderness has done for the Cape Lookout Studies Program.We are al so grateful for everything you’ve done to support the ongoing efforts of the program.

Below is a scan of Keith’s writing for a 1996 newsletter that helped us secure the research vessel Spyhop.

Just one example of Keith’s valuable and creative support for Cape Lookout Studies.

JELLYFISH.

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Uncategorized

All photos by Keith Rittmaster
We saw the jelly fish above today at the dock. It is Chrysaora quinquecirrha or “stinging nettle”. It has a semi-transparent bell typically with small white dots and reddish-brown stripes radiating out from the center. Long tentacles extend below the bell. The bell is  1 to 12 inches in diameter. Its sting can be painful.
Thetwo jelly fish below we often see in summer. They are the  Stomolophus meleagris or “cannonball jelly”.They are round, milky in color and somewhat rigid with a reddish-brown pattern becoming darker towards bell margin. Its tentacles are short and dense under the bell. Their sting is very mild, if felt at all. They often have small crabs and fish living all the way inside under the bell. Their round bell presents a ball-like appearance, from tennis ball size to soccer ball. The dolphin below seemed to have noticed its ball potential.



2009 Thank you donors, volunteers, contributors and collaborators.

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Thank You / Volunteer

Listed below are individuals/groups whose generosity helped sustain the Cape Lookout Studies Program in 2009 by providing printer ink, photo paper, office supplies, Honda 115hp 4-stroke outboard motor, boat batteries, tools, propane, hardware, cleaning supplies, lumber, water heater, hand soap, food, notebooks, XM Radio subscription, web hosting fees, web site maintenance, CD player, vice, drill, drill press, hand tools, boat fuel, boat use, $8,028 in cash donations/grants, and approximately 2,000 hours of volunteer time.  THANK YOU!!  A sincere thanks also goes out to everyone who has an NC “Protect Wild Dolphins special license plates which raised for Friends of the Museum a total of $13,360 in 2009.   The dolphins thank you too.

Amy ThullenAndrew ThalerArthur Mattmiller
Beaufort Middle School

Beth Bockoven

Bobbi Brown

Bonnie Monteleone

Brooks

Bruce McCutcheon

Bud and Anna Doughton

Cape Lookout Nat’l Seashore

Carl Spangler

Carolina Cay Maritime Found.

Cindy Van Dover

Connie Owens

Craig Harms

Dail Bridges

Dana Henderson

Danielle Waples

Daphne Littiken

David Brown

David Perry

Dee Dee Pucella

Denise Greer

Dick Barmore

Doug Nodine

Elizabeth White

Eve Johnson

Friends of the Museum

Green River PreserveHarbor SpecialtiesHaywood + Mary Holderness

Howard Lineberger

Hugh Wilde

Janet Frye

Janet Thayer

Jim Thullen

Joanne McNeill

John Brewer

John Costlow

John Dulaney

John Hammond

John Russell

Jon Altman

Josh Summers

Karen Hattman

Karen Sayles

Kathy Reinsel

Keith Rittmaster

Kim Jones

Kim Merrels

Larry Copeland

Linda Boyer

Lora Fasolino

Marissa McCabe

Mark + Carolyn Fonseca/Currin

Nan Bowles

NC Aquarium, PKS

NC EstuariumNelson OwensNOAA Fisheries

Patti Owens

Paul Nader

Paula Gilliken

pene diMaio

Penny + Isabella Larson

Pete Pucella

Pudge McCutcheon

Stephen Hassenfelt

Steve Hassenfelt

Surfrider Foundation

Terry Greene

The Lookout Foundation

Tim Healow

Todd + Natalie Jesdale

Tom Bulla

Tom Darden

Tom Hesselink

Tom Kirmeyer

Tom Lenweaver

Triangle Community Found.

Trotter Bagley

Vic Fasolino

Vicky Thayer

Virginia Stambaugh

William Prentice

 

2008 Thank you donors, volunteers, contributors and collaborators.

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Thank You / Volunteer

Listed below are individuals/groups whose generosity helped sustain the Cape Lookout Studies Program in 2008 by providing a 25′ Sea Cat boat, boat cushions, printer ink, photo paper, office supplies, car batteries, guitar, hand soap, pistachios and other food, notebooks, XM Radio subscription, web hosting fees, web site maintenance, database maintenance, assorted hardware, boat fuel, boat use, $16,517 in cash donations/grants, and approximately 2,000 hours of volunteer time:

Adrienne Hopson

Allen Brooks

Amy Thullen

Andrew Lloyd

Ann and Ted Odell

Ann Rivers

Anthony Snider

Arielle Waldstein

Ashley Brooks

Ashley Everington

Barbara Cohea

Ben and Elizabeth Hawks

Beth Bockoven

Beverly Waite

Bonnie Monteleone

Brent and Kelli Creelman

Brooks

Bruce + Pudge McCutcheon

Bubba Sanderson

Bud and Anna Doughton

Budsin Woodcraft

Cape Lookout Nat’l Seashore

Carl Spangler

Carolina Cay Maritime Found.

Carteret Co. Wildlife Club

Charles and Kay Lewis

Cheryl Toles

Clay and Ada Shields

Clifford Rice

Coastal Community Market

Connie Owens

Corey Shake

Craig Harms

D.A. Ballou

Dail Bridges

Dana and Ralph Gilliken, Jr.

Danielle Waples

Daphne Littiken

David and Bobbi Brown

David and Michelle Altis

Dean and Pam Richmond

Dee Holt

Denise Greer

Daine and Loran Baxter

Dick Barmore

 

 

Donald Fulcher

Donough Philips

Doug Snyder

Elizabeth Hawkes

Elizabeth White

Ella Holderness

Friends of the Museum

George Waller

Girl Scout Troop #843

Glen Lewis

Green River Preserve

Melissa Gosnell

Harry and Val Preddy

Haywood and Mary Holderness

Hugh Wilde

Jack and MC Jenkins

Janet Frye

Jean Richter

Jean Sarnacki

Jim and Beth Maxwell

Jim Daria Waples

Jim and Amy Thullen

Joe and Sue Kreuser

John Altman

John and Catherine Mennear

John and Ruane Langton

John and Sandra Atkins

John Brewer

John Mattos

John Russell

Julie and Steve Jones

Julie Dougherty

Karen Altman

Karen Hattman

Karen Roos

Keith Rittmaster

Kelly Stewart

Kim Jones

Kim Merrels

Kyla Basher

Leo Brody

Leslie Cooper

Lisa and Jim Rattray

Lora Fasolino

Lynn Sutherland

Margaret Harker

Margery Rittmaster

Matthew Godfrey

Melanie Lessard

Melissa Gosnell

Merle and Sharon Miller

Mike Bertino

Miriam Sutton

Museum of Coastal Carolina

Nan Bowles

NC Aquarium, PKS

Nelson and Patti Owens

Nevin Norris

NOAA Fisheries

Paul Miller

Paul Nader

Paula Gilliken

Peggy and Bobby Pleasants

Pene DiMaio

Pete Pucella

Ralph Merrill

Richard Meissner, Jr.

Robin and Angie Pittman

Roger Rittmaster

Sam Bryan

Scott Taylor

Stamps Transou

Steve Hassenfelt

Steven and Sarah Downing

Steven Nader

Sue Stuska

Tabbie Nance

Terry Greene

The Lookout Foundation

Thomas Ahern

Todd McLeish

Todd A. Stuart Foundation

Tom and Carolyn Schultz

Tom Kirmeyer

Tom Lenweaver

Triangle Community Found.

Vic Fasolino

Victoria Thayer

Woody Warburton

Zack Ogden

 

 

Click here to visit our Thank You page – dedicated to the supporters, volunteers, backers and collaborators of the Cape Lookout Studies Program.

2007 Thank you donors, volunteers, contributors and collaborators.

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Thank You / Volunteer

Listed below are individuals/groups whose generosity helped sustain the Cape Lookout Studies Program in 2007 by providing a boat trailer, a boat t-top, 3 pickup trucks, torque wrench, office supplies, hand soap, note books, fire extinguishers, propane, flatbed trailer, lumber, photo paper, hand tools, 2 SCUBA tanks, SCUBA regulator, waterproof Pelican case, surf wax, shovels, latex gloves, face masks, 2 coolers, 2 five gallon gas tanks, XM Radio subscription, web hosting fees, copier paper, plates, forks, power drill, skil saw, 2 cast nets, 2 tool boxes, 1st aid supplies, 2 boat windshields, coffee cups, web site maintenance, database maintenance, books, note cards, lots of assorted hardware, boat fuel, boat use, food, $7,635 in cash donations/grants, and approximately 2,000 hours of volunteer time:

Allen BrooksAmy Sauls

Ann Hice

Ann Rivers

Anonymous

Barnabas Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation

Beverly Beebe

Bob Jones University

Brooks

Bruce McCutcheon

Bud and Anna Doughton

Cape Lookout Environmental Education Center

Cape Lookout Nat’l Seashore

Carl Spangler

Carolina Estuarine Research Foundation

Casablanca Partners

Cindy Gill

Crystal Coast Business Supply

David/Bobbi Brown

Elizabeth Basnight

 

Friends of the MuseumGirl Scout Troup # 884

Girl Scout Troup # 843

GLAXO

Graham Barden

Green River Preserve

Haywood + Mary Holderness

Hugh + Harriette Wilde

Janet Frye

Jim and Amy Thullen

John + Sandra Atkins

John Russell

Keith Rittmaster

Kelly Stewart

Kickstart.org

Kim Merrels

Lookout Foundation

Margaret Harker

Mark Bassinger

Mark Wise

Marsh’s Surf ShopMike Campbell

Miriam Sutton

Nan Bowles

Neal and Dana Mochel

Nelson Owens

NC Aquarium, PKS

NOAA Fisheries

Penny Larson

Progress Energy

Richard Meissner, Jr.

Roger Rittmaster

Salem Norris

Sam Bryan

Sam Warburton

Scott Taylor

Stamps Transou

Tom Kirmeyer

Vicky Thayer

Virginia/Wayne Yee

William Transou

Click here to visit our Thank You page – dedicated to the supporters, volunteers, backers and collaborators of the Cape Lookout Studies Program.