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ID#989      Often breaching photos aren’t very useful for photo-ID, because the dolphin is off angle, or it is too far away, making it difficult to see nicks and tooth rakes and other small details on the dorsal fin.  But there are exceptions! This is ID#989 Mini Fin, a 16-year-old male we have seen every year since he was born in 2003. These types of photos can also be useful for other research, allowing us to see the variety of different marks all over the dolphin's body, including…

ID#1109 and new calfIt's that time of year again! We've carried out two successful photo-ID trips and identified over 20 dolphins, including a new calf for ID#1109 Puddles. Puddles is now 9 years old and this is her first calf, who was likely born after we finished fieldwork last year. Of course we are really looking forward to the rest of the summer - which dolphins will we see, who of last year's calves will have made it through the winter, who will have a new calf,…

First dinky of 2018We spotted our first newborn calf of 2018 on our photo-ID survey last week. This calf is also a first for mum ID#1110 Iceman (who was named before we knew she was a female!). Iceman is now 8 years old, but we have seen dolphins as young as 6 and as old as 14 with their first calf.  Although we can keep track of the mums, unfortunatley, without genetic testing, we dont know the fathers of any of the calves we identify.

Harbour seal and pup    The 2018 Loch Fleet pupping season has begun! Becky arrived yesterday to see #004 (Flower) with her brand new pup suckling. From our regular photo-ID surveys we know that Flower was heavily pregnant on Saturday. These repeat sightings allow us to estimate accurate pupping dates for each  new seal pup. We’ve seen around 100 harbour seals at Loch Fleet each day for the…

Bowriding dolphin               Our 2018 bottlenose dolphin photo-ID fieldwork season is well underway, with mixed results so far! We've had surveys with 2 dolphins to one with over 30. We've had calm sunny days and days where we were trying to photograph dolphins through haar or keep the camera steady in very windy and choppy seas. We’ve been fortunate enough to see some of the new calves from last year, as well as older calves catching small fish and some big adults bowriding a cruise ship.  Not ideal for…


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