Another Dolphin Birth: Lulu Arrives to Join The Local Community
By Kent Morse|2021-11-30T02:02:39+00:00November 30th, 2021|
It seems we have yet to see the end of birthing season for the dolphins that call the waters around Marco Island their home.
Today while on a survey trip with Dolphin Research Tours we spotted an adult female named Tripod with her very young calf which passengers aboard elected to call Lulu.
We know the calf is not much more than two weeks old because we recorded a sighting of Tripod on November 11 in which she was accompanied by two other dolphins but no calf. Another indication of the calf’s recent arrival are the vertical lines visible on her skin – crease marks that attest to her recent confinement in her mother Tripod’s uterus.
Late November is a bit later than most female dolphins give birth Southwest Florida. Long ago our research identified September and October as the heart of birthing season here, but births can and sometimes do continue through the winter months.
One scenario that would push Lulu’s birth to Tripod later in the year would be if Tripod’s previous calf did not survive its first year. Within a few weeks of losing a dependent calf Tripod could then have become pregnant again but out of sync with the other females. Throughout 2021 Tripod has been without a calf.