We’ve sighted Ginger more than 404 times since her birth in 2005. She is the first calf of F127 (Edamommy), who had only one other calf, F264, aka Wasabi. (See what we did there?!)
Ginger’s grandmother was FB13, who was first observed by SDRP in 1975, but died in 2009 at age 50.
We actually know Ginger a little bit better than most other Sarasota Bay dolphins — that’s because in December 2008, she was found stranded on Siesta Key Beach, shortly after separating from her mother following the birth of Wasabi.
SDRP and staff from Mote Marine Laboratory rescued Ginger and she was treated at Mote’s Dolphin & Whale Hospital for pneumonia and gastro-intestinal problems.
During her rehabilitation, we didn’t want her to get used to eating dead fish provided by humans, because we had every hope that she would return the wild, and we didn’t want her to be attracted to humans. By the time Ginger was released, she had eaten nearly 4,000 live pinfish — that’s 35 pinfish fed five times a day at about $1 per fish. Most of the fish came from Hart’s Landing in Sarasota, which went to Herculean efforts to help supply Ginger with all the live food she needed.
In February 2009, Ginger was deemed healthy and ready for release and the SDRP has been monitoring her progress ever since.
By all appearances, Ginger is a true rescue and rehabilitation success story: She is frequently observed feeding along the seawalls of Siesta Key and gave birth to her second calf in 2017.