Merrily is one of our most recognizable and most frequently observed dolphins in Sarasota Bay — she’s been observed by our research teams more than 1,400 times and in every year since her birth in 1984.
Merrily, who has a distinctive notch near the top of her dorsal fin, is the calf of Granny and the younger sister of Genie. This was the first matriline that we determined to extend through at least three generations in Sarasota Bay.
She appears to be a good mother herself, as she has given birth to five calves. To date, all of them have survived — which is a rare occurrence in the dolphin world. Merrily’s second calf (F179) has even given birth to her two grandcalves.