GALVESTON, Texas – A major milestone has been reached for the program that works to better understand bottlenose dolphins in Galveston Bay.
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The Galveston Bay Dolphin Research and Conservation Program (GDRCP) is ramping up its dolphin surveys with the help of rapid response funding from Texas Sea Grant, through the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA).
Vanessa Mintzer of the Galveston Bay Foundation and Kristi Fazioli from the Environmental Institute of Houston (at the University of Houston-Clear Lake) are studying dolphins in upper Galveston Bay.
Kristi Fazioli first spotted the pair of dolphins swimming behind a shrimp trawler near Morgan’s Point, eager to get a mouthful of breakfast.
Kristi Fazioli slowed the Boston Whaler and cut the engine when a fin finally emerged where the Houston Ship Channel passes Bolivar Peninsula. At the bow, Sherah Loe, a graduate student, readied her camera.