Dolphin reproductive research aided by UH drones

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa Marine Mammal Research Program PhD student Fabien Vivier has been operating a drone above a pregnant dolphin. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • This undated photo provided by NOAA Fisheries shows Spinner dolphins in Hawaii. (NOAA Fisheries/via AP)

  • Spinner dolphins like these are among the common marine mammals in Hawaiian waters. (NOAA/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A resident dolphin mother and her new calf at the Hilton Waikoloa Village are helping scientists to evaluate the increasing pressures on wild dolphin populations such as Hawaii’s spinner dolphins.