Babe was the first calf born to dolphin FB99 and she’s been observed more than 300 times since we first sighted her on July 14, 1994. We see her most often between Terra Ceia Bay and Cortez.
During a 2020 survey in the Manatee River, our research team located a large group of dolphins near The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature in downtown Bradenton.
The group included dolphin Babe, along with three of her four calves: C911 (b. 2007, sex unknown), C912 (b. 2011, sex unknown), F269 (b. 2015, female, also known as Ruth) and 2714 (b. 2018, sex unknown). Check them out the picture below.
Bottlenose dolphins don’t often travel in large family groups, so seeing this family gathering was a nice surprise for the team!