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Swimming with dolphins, with the crew of the Bahama liveaboard DOLPHIN DREAM.


Captain Wayne "Scott" Smith

SCOTT with DVcam

Captain Scott Smith has been interacting with and recording the behaviors of the Atlantic Spotted dolphin on the Little Bahama Bank since 1981. As captain of the charter/research vessel, Dolphin Dream, he spends over 30 weeks a year in the Bahamas with his dolphin friends.

Scott first encountered wild dolphins as a boy while fishing with his father in the Indian River near Cape Canaveral. Bottlenose dolphin would play in the boat's wake and often accompany them into the night. This began a life-long passion for the sea and its inhabitants.

As a teenager, Scott began working with his family in their liveaboard dive boat business. It was during this time he first swam with the friendly and curious Spotted dolphin of the Little Bahama Bank.

Between dives, passengers would occasionally swim with the Spotted dolphin as a diversion, and interest grew from there. Salvage divers had first encountered this resident group of dolphin while working treasure wrecks in the area.

Capt. Scott and Friends In 1986 Scott became captain of the 65 ft. Dream Too. By this time the focus had shifted from diving to dolphin encounters and the human/dolphin relationship began to flourish. Scott didn't initially view them as research subjects; he started to build a relationship centered around play and trust. As he began to recognize individual dolphins with distinct personalities, he started naming them and compiling an identification catalog. Over time, Scott cemented a unique bond with these dolphin. Two generations of them have literally grown up with Scott, allowing him to observe wild dolphin behavior that has never before been seen.

Scott has identified and keeps track of over 100 individual Spotted dolphin, about 30 of which he can recognize on sight. Since the number of spots per animal incresases with age, he must continually update his I.D. catalog. Photographs are taken of both sides of each dolphin, then logged into a database. A detailed record of each encounter is also maintained. Scott is an accomplished underwater photographer and videographer, and his relationship with the dolphin has enabled him to document a comprehensive range of behaviors.

Scott and the Dream Too have played host to visitors from around the world including feature film crews, National Geographic, The Cousteau Society, and many of the world's top underwater photographers. Scott has been featured in a on-hour documentary for Japanese television, educational videos, and the subject of books and magazines worldwide.

Captain Robin Sabino

Captain Robin Sabino Robin has a U.S. Coast Guard 500-ton Master's License. She is also an engineer and divemaster, and has been involved with boats and the ocean most of her life. In 1981 Robin began a voyage on the Mechanic, a 60ft. charter yacht sailboat, and spent the next 10 years at sea, traveling the east coast of the U.S. and throughout the Caribbean. She worked as a commercial fisherman, marine mechanic, salvage diver and island trader, eventually joining the Dream Team in 1992. Robin's years of experience gives her a wealth of information and many interesting stories she shares with the passengers and crew.
Captain Robin One of Robin's strengths is her amazing mechanical ability - from routine maintenance to major overhauls. Her skills are diverse' she is an accomplished diesel mechanic, electrician, plumber and carpenter - all of which are essential in keeping a boat running smoothly. She can fix anything!
Robin is a skilled freediver and enjoys giving tips to passengers on swimming with wild dolphins. She is a favorite of photographers, and has appeared in many magazines swimming with the dolphins. Robin also loves fishing and collecting specimens for her onboard aquarium. She even keeps a microscope on the boat for examining planktonic creatures!


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