After giving UAE residents the details of monitoring the whereabouts of the dolphins. Data collected on the UAE’s first dolphin map has been released, showing several hundred sightings of the popular mammals in the country’s coastal waters.
For the past three years, members of the public shared details of where and when they spotted dolphins, with 419 sightings recorded, mainly in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Specifically around The Palm Jumeirah and along Jumeirah beach, while some dolphins were spotted in the Creek.
These provided the UAE Dolphin Project important data about the country’s dolphin populations, of which little was known.
Most of the dolphins seen belonged to three species – the Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin, the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin and the finless porpoise.
Dr Ada Natoli, a dolphin expert who coordinated the implementation of the map in 2013, hopes the data collected will raise public awareness of the presence of dolphins in local waters and lead to new conservation laws.
“This way of engaging the public really makes a difference in understanding where these species are, especially in areas where there is scarce information available,” Dr Natoli said. (The National)
“Citizen science”has been used successfully around the world to support research on whales, dolphins and other species. The map data was logged onto a database by a group of volunteers, including Dina Abedini.
The 16-year-old student said the work was sometimes tedious but was worth it. ” love dolphins so it was a great opportunity to combine something fun with something useful.” she said.
Report a dolphin sighting, email ¬information about the date, time and location of the encounter to firstname.lastname@example.org
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