drone tracking of dolphin pods
in shallow waters

Drones have revolutionized many aspects of field biology and conservation. In particular, following dolphins from a boat has never been easy and never leads to more than a fleeting understanding of a single behavior, not how they sequence multiple behaviors in a day.

This video was taken in the Turneffe Atoll in Belize. The synchronized audio comes from a hydrophone in the water next to the boat. A group of Tursiops truncatus teenagers is seen lounging idly.

Drone piloted by Eric A. Ramos. On the basis of hundreds of hours of painstaking follows, his overall collection looks like