November updates from Cape Lookout Studies Program.
Dolphin Photo ID
We were out on the water doing dolphin photo ID 6 days in November. We had 9 distinct sightings with 108 identified dolphins. The dolphins were often in Gallants Channel or the Morehead Port turning basin.
Marine Mammal Strandings
Vicky Thayer, head of North Carolina Mid-Coast Marine Mammal Strandings, reports that there were a total of 5 strandings: One spotted dolphin on Bird Shoal and 4 bottlenose dolphins – 2 were on South Core, 1 on Bear Island, and a juvenile male, pictured, found dead 2 miles offshore. The one from Bear Island was very fresh and was saved in the NOAA freezer to use for the upcoming stranding volunteer workshop.
Also, Vicky told us “someone called distressed because an “otter” was on a channel marker in the Cape Fear River. From the photo and description she sent me, it appears to be a healthy, alert harbor seal with normal posture and behavior. It looks a whole lot like California to me where sea lions hang out on buoys”.
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