Aya is a fourth generation Sarasota Bay dolphin. Her lineage is one of two five-generation maternal lineages that we know from our population studies.
Granny (FB19) is the oldest dolphin in this lineage. She gave birth to Genie (FB59, who was named after famous shark scientist Dr. Eugenie Clark); Genie gave birth to Claire (F131); and Claire gave birth to Aya.
Aya has given birth to four calves of her own, including calf 1594 (pictured with her below), which was born in 2015 and F233, who was born in 2010.
Knowing this family lineage is a wonderful example showing dolphins’ long-term residency in Sarasota Bay and offers us another reminder that we’re sharing these coastal waters with animals that call these places home. Please watch out for wildlife!