Here is Joan
preparing the boat for our journey. He is from Barcelona, Spain.
is teaching Cas
how to input data into the palmtop computer. Panni is from Budapest, Hungary and Cas is from The Netherlands.
Stephan is demonstrating his skills at skipping stones across the water of the Amvrakikos Gulf.
Stephan is from Switzerland.
Marie-Claire is strolling along the beach looking for the perfect stone to skip. She is also from The Netherlands.Looking for Dolphins
Today was our first day out at sea. I saw alot of dolphins. I wasn't able to take any pictures today because Joan kept us all busy, busy, busy! Once he selected our focal group we had to shout out when we spotted a dolphin. We each had our positions on the boat. I watched the front right quarter, Marie-Claire watched the front left, Cas watched the rear left, and Stephan watched the rear right while he also collected data on the palmtop. We used a very specific system for identifying the position of the dolphin in relationship to the boat. We couldn't just shout out, "I see one over there," because Joan would not have any idea where "there" was and he needed to take photos of the dolphins we saw.
How do you think we identified the area in which a dolphin was spotted?
Another thing we watched for was bird activity above the water. A lot of birds in one spot is a good sign that dolphins are feeding in the area. Why do you think that is? Some birds we saw today were the seagull, tern, and pelican.
This was a very full first day! I look forward to sharing tomorrow with you and to reading your responses.