Wild Dolphin Updates: 2019 was a memorable year for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Wild Bottlenose Dolphin Research Program. As we embark on new journeys in 2020, we want to take a moment to reflect on all of the exciting discoveries 2019 added to the study.Last... Read More
Dolphin dorsal fins become marked mainly through natural interactions free of any intentional nick/notch formation, meaning the markings are formed randomly. Even so, we do find “twins” among animals in the wild community.
Dolphins are air-breathing mammals, this means that about 99.9% of the time, when they surface to breathe, their dorsal fin is visible. For our photo-identification efforts, this makes capturing a photo of a fin relatively easy. Let’s consider, however, how one would identify bottlenose dolphins if a dorsal fin was not visible.
Wild Dolphin UpdatesThe Bromance of Bottlenose DolphinsHave you ever wanted to hang out with your best friend all the time? Many male bottlenose dolphins get to do this every day! These strong friendships or associations, known as pair bonds, are a common,... Read More
Wild Dolphin Updates Dorsal Fin Use The dorsal fin helps us identify dolphins in our photo ID survey, but let’s think about how it functions to serve a dolphin. Balance The placement of the dorsal fin is thought to stabilize the dolphin in the water like a keel on a... Read More
We have been gearing up for the arrival of new dolphin calves into our study area. We are excited to announce the birth of Bundle’s second calf!
Wild Dolphin UpdatesDolphin Calves Then and NowAs we patiently wait for new dolphin calves to arrive this season, we wanted to reflect on some of the original calves we’ve observed to share their stories of then and now.JaiJai is the second identified animal in... Read More
Wild Dolphin UpdatesMore Than Half of Newborn Calves Are Observed During SpringThroughout nature, spring marks a period of renewal and growth for many animals. This includes the dolphins that call Clearwater Bay home. March and April show the highest birthing months... Read More
One of the most challenging aspects of dorsal identification is positively identifying a fin over time as changed markings to the fin can make a dolphin look, sometimes, significantly different. While some fins are dramatically changed, others are more subtle.
Wild Dolphin Updates Dolphin Calf Seen With Suspected Boat Strike Injury This month we want to remind everyone to operate your vessels in a safe and respectful manner for wild marine animals. Faux, a mother who was first sighted on March 3, 2014, recently had her... Read More