We were thrilled that during our first boat outing of the season, we saw a brand new bottlenose dolphin calf. Our Monitoring Officer, Katrin, recognised the dolphin Mum instantly as ‘Berry’.
This is a portrait of Berry from Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips and it was on board their boat that Katrin spotted the new calf.
Berry has been known to us since 2007 when she was identified swimming alongside her mother, Wendy, as a calf herself. Berry had a calf in 2014 which the public named ‘Pip’. We’ve seen Pip growing in independence over the past year and so we had no worries about him/her when we saw that Berry had a new arrival this March. Berry is also one of our adoptable dolphins. The adopt a dolphin scheme helps us to continue our dolphin research.
Katrin described Berry as ‘camera shy’ at the moment, which is perhaps not surprising given she has this little one to take care of!
If you look carefully at the picture above, you’ll see that the calf (on the right) has vertical stripes along the length of it’s body. These are known as foetal folds and are a consequence of being curled up in the womb!
We need to give the new dolphin calf a name. What will it be?
Here’s how to enter…
The funds raised from this competition will go towards The Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project which is based in New Quay, Wales. It is responsible for the conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan Bay. Click here to find out more information.
- Entries are to be submitted to a member of the Sea Watch team before 13:00 on the 30/05/17
- Each name entered will cost £1
- Participants may have multiple entries at a cost of £1 per name submitted
- Three names will be selected by Sea Watch’s Monitoring Officer, Sightings Officer and Education and Awareness Assistant on the 30/05/17 after 13:00
- The three selected names will be displayed on Facebook and the overall winner will be chosen by a public vote.
- The winner will be contacted upon selection and their name will be displayed along with the winning dolphin name on this blog