How Scars and Other Body Features Help Identify Dolphins

How Scars and Other Body Features Help Identify Dolphins

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.

What Is a Dolphin’s Dorsal Fin Used For?

What Is a Dolphin’s Dorsal Fin Used For?

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...
How Three Dolphin Calves Have Changed as They Grew Up

How Three Dolphin Calves Have Changed as They Grew Up

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...
Spring is When We See the Most Baby Dolphins Born

Spring is When We See the Most Baby Dolphins Born

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...
How Wild Dolphin Dorsal Fins Change Over Time

How Wild Dolphin Dorsal Fins Change Over Time

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 Dolphins Observed With Dorsal Fin Injuries

Wild Dolphins Observed With Dorsal Fin Injuries

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...
How Dolphins Play With and Carry Objects in the Wild

How Dolphins Play With and Carry Objects in the Wild

Wild Dolphin Updates Calves Play With “Toys” in the Wild Through monitoring efforts in Clearwater Bay, we often have the opportunity to observe dolphins displaying unique behaviors. Typically dolphin behaviors are based on how they are interacting with...