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E komo mai; welcome! Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is surrounded by a lei of foam in the middle of the North Pacific; it's a beautiful, special place.

Not only are there albatross on Midway, but many other interesting kinds of wildlife, both on the land and in the sea. Please enjoy exploring FOAM, an educational blog actively done while on Midway from May through August 2010. Posts are added from off-Midway, as information becomes available. If you're interested in a particular topic, please use the search box or the alphabetical list of "labels" along the left side of the blog page.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dolphin Survey

Here are the scientists working, while I took a short video, "Spinner Dolphins at Midway Atoll."  Cynthia Vanderlip (above) and her crew conducted a dolphin survey while visiting Midway, before traveling onto Kure Atoll for a summer of work. As we approached the SW channel leading from the deep blue sea into Midway's shallow, turquoise-colored lagoon...there they were! LOTS of Spinner Dolphins, Nai`a in Hawaiian, or Stenella longirostris!  For an hour or two we observed their behavior. Cynthia took pictures; individual dolphins can be identified by distinctive markings on their dorsal fins.

Ilana Nimz (left) used a special instrument to record the depth of water;
and Matt Saunter (right) logged the data onto the clipboard data table.


Mark said...

Years ago when we were studying juvenile Galapagos sharks at Midway, we would tease the dolphin researchers about their "aggressive" dolpins that would cause our "peaceful" sharks to hide. Typically when the spinners came through, the juvenile Galapagos made themselves scarce!

Barb said...

Oooooohhhhh! Hope I get to see a juvenile Galapagos shark...I think!