After one month of training for the new Team Capricorn, the 2014 field season is finally started. The month of May has maintained its reputation of been unpredictable forcing Team Capricorn to spend most of the time working from home. Over the entire month we were able to complete 9 days of boat based surveys, just enough to cover the entire study area once. During these surveys we encountered 28 schools, 16 of humpback dolphins and 8 of snubfin dolphins.
Schools of humpback dolphins varied in size from 1 to 20 individual (Mean ≈ 5 dolphins) whereas the largest school of snubfin dolphins was composed by 8 individuals (Mean ≈ 3 dolphins). Schools of humpback dolphins were composed by a similar number of adults and juveniles (Mean ≈ 2 dolphins) and to a lesser extent by calves (Mean ≈ 0.5 dolphins), 3 new born were also observed. Schools of snubfin dolphins were composed primarily by adults (Mean ≈ 2), accompanied by calves (Mean ≈ 0.6) and juveniles (Mean ≈ 0.1), 1 newborn was also observed.
During these surveys we recorded also 2 single dugongs, blacktip reef sharks feeding behind trawlers