Eco-tourists hoping to get a close look at spinner dolphins can disturb the animals’ daytime rest periods and drive them out of safe habitats, but scientists have developed a tool to help the dolphins get some sleep.
“Using the maps produced through this study we can identify the bays where the effects of human activities on spinner dolphins should be monitored most closely, and where immediate conservation actions are required,” says David W. Johnston, research scientist at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
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