Using Science as our Guide to Wisdom
By Beau Cutts
“Twenty years ago I spoke with a well-to-do Savannah lawyer who owned a large, impressive house in the Isle of Hope section of Chatham County. A long walk ramp went out to his private dock in the Skidaway River.
I was there trying to get him to join The Dolphin Project and use his boat to take lay researchers out on the water.
“Y’all don’t need to go out in January,” he advised. “We don’t have any dolphins around here in winter.”
The facts, as demonstrated in time by members of The Dolphin Project, proved the gentleman to be mistaken. There are dolphins in our coastal waters in winter, although not as many as in summer. However, the attorney’s comment did suggest how difficult discovering scientific facts can be.
If you make less effort in spring compared to autumn, you may underreport the number of dolphins. To help reduce variables, you should make equal effort — in number of surveying teams on the water — year around to count, then assess seasonal changes in population.”
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