Do you enjoy taking photos of wildlife? Are you interested in contributing to dolphin research? FAU Harbor Branch invites you to participate in our new land-based Dolphin Spotter citizen science project.
Photo identification is a non-invasive, opportunistic technique that is used to collect information about wild dolphin populations. Photos submitted by Dolphin Spotters will complement the research being conducted by the FAU Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Stranding and Population Assessment team. With thousands of miles along Florida’s coastline, land-based citizen scientists can capture areas that our traditional surveys don’t reach, while providing valuable insights on the day-to-day habitat use and behaviors of our resident dolphin populations. Together these efforts play a critical role in understanding Florida’s wild dolphins and conserving this important species. Register to become a Dolphin Spotter!
From land, take photos of dolphins with your personal camera or cellphone.
Submit your photos through the Sighting Form, which will be provided by email after registration.
Check out the interactive map on our website to see where dolphin sightings are being reported!