Ever since I was a small child, I've been fascinated by whales and dolphins. My Mom saved my first drawings of whales, which I still have. They are dated 1961...I was 7 years old. But, life interrupted...I married young and had 3 children and finally got the opportunity to study marine biology ONLY after my kids grew up. I was 39 when I started college for the first time...it was the same year my youngest daughter started college! Finally, as a graduate student, I started a long-term project in Belize in 1998. Today, my own graduate students continue to work on the project, known as "Manatees & Dolphins in the Drowned Cayes of Belize."