Headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island, the Dolphin Research Program continues to focus their efforts on involving more captains and crews in data collection.
Recently, Dr. Guy Harvey and his daughter, Jessica, tagged two dolphins north of the Grand Cayman during an offshore fishing trip. As luck would have it, one of these tagged dolphins would go on to reveal just how long it takes for a dolphin to swim from the Grand Cayman to Key Largo, Florida.
The dolphin, measuring 24" in fork length at the time it was tagged, traveled the distance in 38 days. When the dolphin was recaptured by Captain Lazaro Rangel aboard the Lady C, it measured in at 28" in fork length.
This dolphin’s growth rate equates to a .105" per day, which comes in just slightly slower than the research program’s overall average findings. While the exact path the dolphin traveled is unknown, given the surface currents and west-northwestern tendency for surface drifters, this dolphin recapture highlights the U.S. Atlantic dolphin supply route via the western Caribbean Sea and Loop Current.
You can read the full story here. Dr. Guy Harvey's Fish Recovered off Key Largo
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Want to know more about the Dolphin Research Program? Read our previous update here. Dolphinfish Research Program Update