Whales and dolphins are long-lived animals with a low reproductive rate, which makes them particularly vulnerable to impacts from human activities. As such, long-term studies are critical to monitoring the health and status of populations. Since 1991, our partner the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization (BMMRO) has compiled an unprecedented dataset for whales and dolphins in the region, which has become increasingly valuable in providing baseline ecological information on some species.
The establishment of the Bahamas Marine Mammal Stranding Network in The Bahamas in collaboration with BMMRO, Department of Marine Resources, and the US Southeast Regional Stranding Center of NOAA Fisheries in Miami in 2008 has increased our knowledge of the occurrence of whale and dolphin strandings. As part of the Atlantis Blue Project, Atlantis is working closely with BMMRO to improve stranding response.
Combining the long-term understanding of the marine mammals of The Bahamas with information on stranded animals in the region, we will receive a clearer picture of the conservation needs of marine mammals in The Bahamas.