Dolphin F249


Name: F249

Sex: Female

Age: Born 2011

A Dolphin’s Life

We first observed F249 as a young-of-the-year calf of F185. Since then, we’ve documented 117 sightings of her, including our most recent sighting in January. She seems to spend most of her time in the northern part of our study range in Palma Sola Bay and to the north. In 2022, F249 gave birth to her first calf, 2491, who appears to be doing well!

A Dolphin’s Voice

A Special Note About the Audio Recording

In collaboration with numerous colleagues over the past 35 years, our dolphin communication research team has collected thousands of hours of acoustic recordings from members of the resident Sarasota bottlenose dolphin community, with a focus on individually distinctive signature whistles. Recordings have been made during periodic health assessments, when we are able to obtain high-quality recordings of known individual dolphins. We are currently in the process of systematically assembling a verified signature whistle catalog, with multiple samples from each of the approximately 1,000 unique recording sessions of almost 300 individual dolphins. Members of this collaborative team, and our student researchers, come from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of St. Andrews, and Hampshire College. Learn more about dolphin communication.