Alex Otto, a senior fisheries and wildlife major, is spending her summer working at the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute, in O Grove, Galicia, Spain.
“Working here so far has been an amazing experience just to help continue research on the long-term population study of these bottlenose dolphins,” she said. “Also, working and living with students all over the world has been such an inspirational experience. There are students and staff here from France, Russia, England, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, China, and the USA, but we all share the common enthusiasm for marine biology.”
During her internship, she’s getting valuable hands-on field experience both in the field (an open seas research vessel!) and in the lab, including mark and recapture photo identification and acoustics.
One day, “I worked 15 hours straight from sunrise to sunset!” she said. “I saw hundreds of dolphins that day, and it was a day I'll never forget.”