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I was part of team VIII out of X. The biologists have just time enough to get us trained and useful, then we leave. From left to right, there's Dan (Amy's husband), Amy, John (a volunteer from Massachusetts), myself, and Cindy. Amy and Cindy were the biologists doing the work on this project.
There are two stations used for land-based observation. This shows Cindy and John on top of the watertower, which is a short walk from the house, on the pennisula. Across the bay, to the left of where Cindy's looking is Otumatu, the other observation station. First we all stare through binoculars, like John's doing, to find a good group of dolphins. Then Cindy (or Amy) spends at least a half an hour staring through the theodolite, twisting dials to keep a fix on them. One of the volunteers tracks the data on the computer while the other keeps timings and watches for low flying pterodactyls.
This is the view from Otumatu looking back toward the pennisula and toward the shore to the northwest. That day the dolphins were smack dab in the middle of the two observation stations, about 6 kilometers away, a bit too far to track accurately.
Technically, this wasn't part of the research, but we saw it on one of the research stations.
Here are a few shots of the boat that we spent many hours in, the Punua Aihe. It was made in Kaikoura and serves very well. The bow sits far enough above the water that the occupants don't get splashed even when bouncing along on rough water.
Since there's almost no place to dock, most boats are hauled in and out of the water every day. The larger ones, the swim-with-dolphins boats and the fishing boats, get a little help.
The ramp into the water aims at a very narrow opening between lots of rocks. This is the view just to the side.