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 adult female has been very consistent in producing new calves. When our dolphin study began in 2006 she already had a young one by her side named Orange. Since then she has given birth to four more babies, about three years apart. Currently by her side is eight-month-old Porkchop. Porkchop will remain with mom until at least three years of age before going out on its own.
You’ll notice Sparky’s dorsal fin is rolled over: more than likely an accident with a boat propeller. Keep an eye out for this lady and her calf in Collier Bay, the Marco River and intercostal waterway up to Marker 21.