The Coastal Discovery Museum has announced a unique opportunity for this spring with a Dolphin Research Excursion on the May River. The cruise will be offered most Wednesdays in March, April and May from 10 a.m.-noon. The excursion will study acoustic communications between resident dolphins in the May River. While researchers from Dr. Eric Montie’s Lab at the University of South Carolina Beaufort visually identify and record dolphin vocalizations, marine biologist Captain Amber Kuehn will share what we have learned about these fascinating cetaceans. The research goals are to determine abundance, location, and individual identification of dolphins in the vicinity of Montie’s acoustic recorders that are deployed at three stations in the May River.
Dolphins are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (1972). Dr. Montie has a permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, and United States Department of Commerce to perform this research with bottlenose dolphins in the May River.
The cost for the Dolphin Research Excursion is $55 per person (ages 10 and older only, please) and reservations are required by calling (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or online at coastaldiscovery.org.