The Research Team on board the Dolphin Explorer is happy to share information about your area dolphins with the Coastal Breeze News readers. Each edition an individual will be profiled so that you, too, might get to know them. Dolphins can be identified by the nicks and marks on their dorsal fins.
This calf just celebrated its second birthday this past fall.
On offspring of Avery, one of our most productive adult females, 360 is reaching a critical point in it’s life. Calves stop nursing from mother’s milk at about 18 to 24 months old. Mom Avery could now become pregnant again. The gestation period (pregnancy period) is one full year.
If Avery does give birth to a new calf next fall, 360, at three years old, will be on its own, since mom will have a new responsibility by her side.
From age two to three, 360 must fine-tune its fishing skills and be ready for “Independence Day” from mom. Good luck, little one!