We headed back towards Port Elizabeth to Bay World. Michelle Du Toit, a researcher working at Bay World, asked us to assist her with cryopreserving dolphin semen. They are shipping their dolphin pair to Hong Kong while the pool is renovated and want to cryobank the male’s semen prior to the move.
The male has been trained to willingly give a sample, but unfortunately, today’s sample is not viable. We do make some suggestions to help improve their methods.
Besides this project, Michelle studies the health of the reef in the bay and in African penguins. Bay World hopes to restore their facilities in time for the 2010 World Cup.