When we founded the 10,000 Island study way back in 2006, one of the things I wanted to determine was the range of the dolphins that lived around Marco Island and Naples – how far did they travel over the course of a day, a year, their entire life?
After processing almost 13,000 sightings of over 600 dolphins in which observers recorded where the dolphins were, who they were with and what they were doing, the answer turns out to be…
It depends on the dolphin.
You see, while it is possible with such a rich dataset to make all sorts of generalizations about the social life and ranging patterns of our local dolphins, it turns out the really fascinating insight is that dolphins are individuals. They exhibit a wide range of life strategies.
So, let’s answer the range question by looking at a few individuals.