Samadai season has started!

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Three males come inspecting the researcher.
(c) HEPCA

Hello everyone!

We are back to Marsa Alam where we just concluded 15 long, hot, intense, windy days collecting data about the lovely spinners of Samadai. This year we launched two new projects aimed at better describing the dolphin population structure as well as monitoring group behaviour to grasp possible signs of disturbance caused by human activities.More will come on these topics, for the moment we are happy to share some of the pictures from the field.

We would like to thank Esmail for being so patient and passionate, Islam, Asmaa, Ahmed Ali and Ebada for assisting with the data collection. Many thanks to the crew of “Aquarius 4” for helping and taking good care of us. And of course a big thank goes to the HEPCA patrolling team for doing a great job.

Amina and I will be in Marsa Alam throughout the summer, feel free to drop by Samadai office anytime! Otherwise we will see you out there. We take the chance to remind all guides and visitors that we are very interested in hearing about your encounters with wild dolphins. Find us on facebook or email us and share comments, pictures, information.
Thank you!

Madda

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Research Platform.
(c) HEPCA

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Go team!
(c) HEPCA

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That was a perfect team!
(c) HEPCA

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Fieldwork: observation from Aquarius 4.
(c) HEPCA

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Fieldwork: data on environmental variables.
(c) HEPCA

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Fieldwork: observation platform.
(c) HEPCA

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Dugong in Marsa Alam harbour?! Yes!!
(c) HEPCA

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Spinners sleeping in Samadai.
(c) HEPCA

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Good catch! This is a common bottlenose dolphin we spotted north of Samadai.
(c) HEPCA

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A group of 7 adult males and 1 female engaging mating and socializing activities, a common sight during summer months.
(c) HEPCA

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Starting a photo-identification session in perfect conditions.
(c) HEPCA

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A small group of spinner dolphins moving in zone C.
(c) HEPCA

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Mother and newborn.
(c) HEPCA

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Spinner dolphin intrigued by Amina.
(c) HEPCA

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Mother and newborn not shy at all.
(c) HEPCA

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2 Responses to Samadai season has started!

  1. sylvan says:

    excellent! keep on doing it!

  2. Carol A Sellers says:

    Thanx for the update; there was an article in New York Times in June about Egypt, Marsa Alam and Hepca research was mentioned, google article for perusal… Wish I were helping; fond memories….. Carol

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