The Field School team just returned from a successful expedition to Abaco with the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization. Despite windier than expected weather, we spent several days tracking sperm whales, including an overnight track! We were also able to retrieve and download data from the two underwater arrays we set with BMMRO during our November expedition (despite some challenging diving conditions). During the search for the western array, we were weathered in for two days at Great Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands, where Field School staff and participants had an amazing time exploring the island, including the beaches. We also went looking for (and found) a previously tagged manatee taking advantage of freshwater being released in the marina. On the final day, we encountered and collected data on an enormous pod of melon-headed whales (estimated to contain more than 100 individuals). It was the perfect way to end an incredible trip! Our thanks to the amazing BMMRO and our awesome participants for making even the roughest day spent at sea a ton of fun!
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