Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization
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Our research is based on the use of systematic boat-based surveys for describing the distribution and habitat use of different marine mammal species.
We employ photo-identification techniques for the recognition of individual whales and dolphins, and we have developed new statistical approaches for using these data to determine abundance estimates and occupancy patterns.
This photographic sampling is complemented by the collection of skin and faecal samples for molecular genetic analysis, and we have developed a novel technique for the successful amplification of marine mammal DNA from faeces.
These genetic techniques are being used to assess levels of genetic diversity and investigate the structuring of marine mammal populations. Detailed observations, both vessel-based and shore-based, are made on behaviours, habitat use, and social interactions to better understand the ecology of marine mammal species sighted.