Pub­lic called on to choose baby dol­phins’ names

Southern Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Pierra Wil­lix

Rock­ing­ham Wild En­coun­ters is ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help to name two dol­phin calves born re­cently in the Shoal­wa­ter Is­lands Ma­rine Park.

One is six weeks old, and the other just three weeks old.

RWE group op­er­a­tions man­ager Si­mon Gard­ner said the calves were do­ing very well and dis­play­ing some in­ter­est­ing typ­i­cal baby dol­phin be­hav­iour.

“They are do­ing some­thing called chin or head slap­ping, which is their attempt to rise to the sur­face and take a breath — some­thing that be­comes much more flow­ing and grace­ful as they get older, when they only ex­pose their blow­hole not the whole head,” he said.

“The moth­ers are nearly al­ways seen with the calves, how­ever some­times other fe­male dol­phins can be seen do­ing some babysit­ting while they hunt and feed.

“The calves are learning life skills all the time from their moth­ers, feed­ing, so­cial­is­ing, trav­el­ling and fight­ing. It’s great to see the moth­ers so re­laxed around our boats, bring­ing them over to show them off, and is tes­ta­ment to the trust­ing re­la­tion­ship we have de­vel­oped over the last 30 years.”

How­ever, the two dol­phins have not yet been named, and the pub­lic are be­ing asked to help with the task.

Win­ners will be re­warded with tick­ets to a swim with wild dol­phins tour from Rock­ing­ham Wild En­coun­ters, worth $410.

Names can be sub­mit­ted to [email protected]­ and en­trants are asked to list the reason why they are putting for­ward the names they choose.

Rock­ing­ham Wild En­coun­ters is ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help to name two new dol­phin calves.

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