Vaelen’s memory lives
A BABY dolphin has been named in honour of Bentley toddler Vaelen Hewitt, who died a year ago due to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC).
According to SIDS and Kids, SUDC is a rare condition that occurs mainly in toddlers aged one to five.
Vaelen’s aunt Lynette Hewitt – who raised nearly $65,000 for SIDS and Kids by swimming 40km to Rotto and back – welcomed the dolphin’s naming after a competition by Rockingham Wild Encounters.
The tour operator conducts Department of Parks and Wildlifesanctioned dolphin swims in Cockburn Sound, with the name suggestion accumulating 250 votes on its social media networks page.
“Dolphins were his and his mum Britt’s thing they would look for every day they walked,” the family’s appeal explained.
“Since then, dolphins seem to always be nearby and their playful nature and cheekiness reminds us of our beautiful little Vaelen.”
Rockingham Wild Encounters’ Holly Tate said the baby’s mother Ulcer was one of the Sound’s oldest and favourite dolphins, who got her name from her sucker fish scar, and she and the baby often came to swim with people on the tours.
“It’s not known the gender of the baby as it’s hard to see at this stage and we believe the baby is four weeks old,” she said.
The appeal is open until April 30 at rednoseday2015.everyd ayhero.com/au/lynettehewitt-hotmail-com.
Baby Vaelen, named for Bentley toddler Vaelen Hewitt, with his mother Ulcer.