Human feeding of wild dolphins brings them into contact with anglers and their gear, and leads to increases in serious dolphin injuries and deaths.
"The Sarasota Bay dolphins saved the best for last, and our final focal
follow of the week turned out to be our smoothest. We attached the DTAG
tracking devices to the dolphins around 2 p.m. and followed them from a
safe distance to collect behavioral data while the DTAGs recorded their
whistles. These dolphins were particularly cooperative, swimming
synchronously and at a moderate pace, making them easy to track. Their
tags came off around 4:30 p.m., which was exactly when we had
programmed the electronics to release them. It felt great that we
didn’t lose any dolphins or DTAGs today. "