Flying with LightHawk documenting the manatee and cetacean surveys over Turneffe Island Atoll
Have been flying with LightHawk documenting the manatee and cetacean surveys over Turneffe Island Atoll. Everytime we would spot what we thought were manatees or dolphins or whales (often logs or rays or crocodiles), we would bank hard, record a GPS point, and try to identify the species. It was at these moments that technical skills with a camera need to be on automatic, as the photographer (me) has nothing to grab onto and is held in by a safety harness and only the blue water below for a "door". We had the most productive survey for manatee ever for Turneffe, so we were in this position a lot. Was a pleasure working with Rick (pilot extraordinaire), Erik from the Oceanic Society and Dr. Holly Edwards from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
We counted 16 manatee during the transects. The most since the surveys have been done over Turneffe. Also a crocodile and a number of dolphins.
Photograph by Tony Rath
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