Five Things Friday [7/18]: Time in Tampa

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Believe it or not I’m on the move again! Can’t say I’ve ever had such a jet-setting month before.

After only five days back from California I hopped on a plane once again and am now in Tampa/St. Petersburg Florida.

I was given the opportunity through work to participate in a field research trip and am currently spending five days studying wild dolphins off the coast of Florida. Not bad, right?

FIVE THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN TAMPA

MEETING ANN WEAVER

Ann Weaver has been studying animal behavior for the past 20 years. Since 2003 she has lived in the Tampa area, conducting studies on the resident population of Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. She takes pictures of their dorsal fins (as unique as fingerprints) and uses them to identify each individual animal.

Ann Weaver Dolphin Researcher Florida

Ann also writes a weekly column called Dolphin Watch for the local paper. A dolphin lover and online writer?…a woman after my own heart.

All of my interactions with her have been so pleasant and she seems just as excited to share her work with me as I am to learn. Her and her husband are even throwing me a welcome BBQ. So so sweet.

SEEING WILD DOLPHINS

Ok that sounds silly seeing as how I spend 5 days a week with them…Dolphin vertical spin …but there’s just something different about seeing them from the beach or boat. I’m also super interested to see how they’re behaviors and social grouping compare to my 6 flippered friends.

SPENDING TIME ON A BOAT

I love any form of boats—motor powered, wind powered, people powdered. Whatever it is time on the water makes me happy. I like to attribute this to my Dad’s similar affection for water-dwelling transportation and the fact that boats were always around while growing up.

1996-Dec FL Vacation Dad sailing

MY HOTEL BY THE BEACH

I’m staying at The Crystal Palms Beach Resort, which is within walking distance to the beach. I have yet to get any sort of beach time in my life this summer so am looking forward to it for sure.

Crystal Palms Beach Resort, FL

Not to mention I get an entire suite to myself! Kitchen included which is a valuable tool in my food intolerance-filled life.

Kitchen at Crystal Palms Beach Resort, FL

DEVELOPING MY SKILLS

In my field of work getting opportunities like this is rare, so I am very grateful to have been offered this experience. It will be a nice change in pace from my everyday work, which, just like any job, can become second nature over a long period of time.

K at Aqua (2)

This trip will allow me the chance to learn about field research, data collection, wild dolphin behavior and identification among many other things. It will enrich my skill set as a marine mammal trainer and arm me with lots of interesting information to bring back to my colleagues.

I won’t be back in town until early next week so once again a blogging break will ensue. I still have so much to share about California and now this!

Hope you are having a lovely summer thus far (can you believe July is more than half way over?).  Talk to you soon!

 

I want to know…

What is something fun you’ve done so far this summer?

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