Shrimp Crawl Cook off poster

The annual Shrimp Cook Off to benefit the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research is going to happen. It will be different than the past 10 cook offs, but it will be happening.

The Shrimp Cook-off is the most important fundraiser for the OBCDR. It’s a great time and the shrimp dishes are absolutely outstanding.

Needless to say, it will be different this year. In the past the event has been held at Ocean Boulevard in Kitty Hawk. It’s a tight fit, with a few hundred people sampling the dishes of a dozen or so restaurants.

Obviously that is not going to work in a COVID-19 world.

Instead Jessica Taylor, the President of the OBCDR has come up with a great alternative—a shrimp crawl with ticket holders going from one competitor to the next. And it will be a two day event this year…November 7-8.

What is the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research

The OBCDR has been on a bit of a roll for the past two years. Perhaps not from a funding standpoint, although hopefully they are being adequately funded. Rather their meticulous and scientifically based study of the dolphins in Roanoke Sound is getting attention in scientific circles.

Jessica Taylor has had two peer reviewed papers published din the past two years. Her 2019 paper on habitat use by the dolphin in Outer Banks sounds was published in the International Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Earlier this year she was the primary author of a study of skin lesions on local dolphin that was published in The Society for Marine Mammalogy journal.

Ok—not bedside reading for most people, but still its impressive.

We should also add that Jessica teaches science at Manteo Middle School.

It’s great to see how people are doing everything they can to keep the fun going on the Outer Banks. Stop by for a week or two visit in a Brindley Beach Vacations home and see what it’s all about.