Nov. 11, 2015 Dolphin Photo ID

Written by Tursiops. Posted in bottlenose dolphin photo ID, Cape Lookout Studies Program



Beautiful weather allowed us to go out today on our cape lookout studies program boat “Spyhop” and do our usual bottlenose dolphin survey and photo ID.  Just a few minutes after leaving the Gallant’s channel dock we encountered our first group of approx. 15 animals in the estuary. We recognized a few of our winter “regulars”, among them at least 3-4 mother/calf pairs. The next group was spotted in the ocean off the west end of Shackleford, including freeze brand (FB) #402. Freeze brand animals have been previously captured and marked with numbers to help with dolphin research and identification. A lot can be learned from the sightings of these animals. The third group we saw was fairly large, but due to deteriorating weather conditions we decided not to attempt photos. Inside Cape Lookout Bight we saw a single bottlenose dolphin and surprisingly (for this time of year) several sea turtles, one identified as a large Loggerhead. We had hoped for another sighting of the humpback whale repeatedly seen in the area over the last few weeks, and last photographed by us on Nov. 5, 2015.

Here are today’s “best of” bottlenose dolphin dorsal fin photos:

bottlenose dolphin fin photos

2014 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 2014 by providing:

Cleaning supplies, office supplies, photo paper, printer/copier, printer ink, batteries, plane tickets, shade canopy, stainless hardware, surgical gloves, lumber, band saw, drill bits, orbital sander, sand paper, vacuum cleaner, food, drinks, notebooks, XM Radio subscription, web hosting fees, web site maintenance, $4,399 in cash donations/grants and approximately 1,292 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 $10,120 in 2014.   The dolphins thank you too.

Bud Doughton

Al Fitz


Blake Dodge

Bobbi Wallinger

Carl Spangler

Carolina Cay Maritime Found.

Carteret Animal Hospital

Dennis Sorensen

Duke Coastal Society

Durham Academy

Elena Kovalik

Elizabeth Hanrahan

John Stanton

Friends of the Hammocks

Friends of the Museum

Harriett Watkins

Historical Soc. of Topsail Isl.

Hope Longest

Howard Lineberger

John Fussell

John Russell

Josh Summers

Keith Rittmaster

Kim Merrels

Lookout Foundation

Lora/Vic Fasolino

Mackenzie Russell

Mallory Lowe

Matty Jackman

Mary & Haywood Holderness

Mary Hunnings

Nelson Owens

Patti Owens

Paul Nader

Paula Dailey

“Protect Wild Dolphins” license plates

Regina & Bruce McCutcheon

Rich Shapiro

Rob Gourley


Steve Hassenfelt

Suzanne & Vance Knight

Ted Phillips

Todd Sturgell

Verena Lawaetz

Vicky Thayer

Wendy Donaldson

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

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