A great way to help wild dolphins is to leave them alone - and we've got the research to back that up! Dr. Katie McHugh of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, a Chicago Zoological Society program in collaboration with Mote Marine Lab, tells Hayley and Joe what she's learned as a scientist in the world's longest running study of a wild dolphin population. Sarasota Bay, Florida, is one of many places where people and wild dolphins share the environment. Tune in to learn about the lives of these marine mammals and how humans - including boaters, anglers and coastal residents and visitors - can be good neighbors. That includes never feeding wild dolphins.
Dolphin-friendly fishing and viewing tips
Sarasota Dolphin Research Program: www.sarasotadolphin.org
Report injured, dead or distressed marine mammals and sea turtles:
In Sarasota and Manatee counties, Florida, Mote's Stranding Investigations Program: 941-988-0212
Anywhere in Florida: FWC Wildlife Alert hotline, 1 (888) 404-FWCC (3922).
Elsewhere: See NOAA's stranding network phone numbers or get the smartphone app Dolphin and Whale 911.
Thursday, April 20, marks the 7th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Since the spill, the C-IMAGE consortium centered at the University of South Florida-College of Marine Science, funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), and including scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory and institutions around the world, has expanded the understanding of oil spills. Read on for Mote's updates and a new C-IMAGE webpage.