F286 has been observed more than 200 times since his birth in June 2012. With the exception of December 2016, he has been seen in every month of every year, highlighting the year-round, multi-year residency of the dolphins born in Sarasota Bay.
F286 is the first calf of Eve and the first observed grand-calf of Nicklo, the oldest known bottlenose dolphin in the world.
With the birth of his younger sibling in summer 2017, F286 moved away from his mother and entered his juvenile life stage. As time passes and he matures, he will range further and interact with more dolphins, especially other juveniles. He will eventually form a pair bond with another non-related male of a similar age and the two of them will take on the challenges of every day dolphin life together — feeding, breeding and socializing, and dealing with the threats presented by human activities.