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.

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Stranded Dolphin Rescued From Mudflat in Hernando Beach

Stranded Dolphin Rescued From Mudflat in Hernando Beach

On the evening of November 29, 2017, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) Rescue personnel received a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab (MMPL) regarding a live stranded dolphin in a mudflat close to a residential area of Hernando Beach.

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12 Different Dolphin Dorsal Fins

12 Different Dolphin Dorsal Fins

Like a human fingerprint, no two dorsal fins are the same. Each dorsal fin has its own unique shape, height, thickness, markings and notches. In addition, a dolphin’s dorsal fin acquires various scars and markings during the dolphin’s lifetime.

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Rescue Mission – Howie (Dolphin)

Rescue Mission – Howie (Dolphin)

Tarpon Springs, FL (July 2016) – On the evening of July 3, 2016, rescue personnel received a call regarding a live stranded dolphin in a mudflat 300 yards from the shoreline of the southeast side of the Fred Howard Causeway. After receiving the call and confirmation,...
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