Researchers are studying the impact of tourists and noise on bottleneck dolphin that can be found in Dolphin Bay in Panama’s Boca del Toro just south of Costa Rica.
The researchers are with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In one two-hour period, the researchers said they counted 37 boats with tourists coming to see dolphin. The institute said that some at the controls of the boats move in quietly, but others full throttle to the location.
The institute researchers also are taking skin samples of the dolphin to obtain a DNA outline of the creatures there. They use a special rifle to snag little pieces of tissue.
Part of the study is to determine the impact of tourism on the mammals.