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outer banks dolphins take center stage

Dolphin, the Outer Banks, and a perfect job.

Bottlenose dolphin, surprisingly numerous in the waters of the Outer Banks, have fascinated Jessica Taylor of the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research for years. This blog written for Carolina Designs by Kip Tabb tells her story and the tale of the dolphins.

 

Dolphin sounding in the Roanoke Sound. Photo Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research.

Dolphin sounding in the Roanoke Sound. Photo Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research.

“Jessica Taylor has her dream job. As President and founder of the nonprofit Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, she is often on the water researching a marine mammal that fascinates her.

“I think they’re so interesting. They’re so similar to people. Their societies, their relationships to each other,” she explains. “There’s a strong bond between the mom and calf through the first three to six years. The mom teaches them to catch fish, and whoever the mom is friends with, they hang out in nursery groups and they form bonds in the nursery that can last their entire lives. The males will form male pairs when they get older, and I find it interesting how they will stick together.”

Beautiful and intelligent, dolphins are one of the more intriguing Outer Banks natives. Read the rest of the story over at Carolina Designs. 

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