Dolphin FB33

Stats

Name: FB33, also known as Saida Beth

Sex: Female

Age: Born 1982

A Dolphin’s Life

Saida Beth is one of the SDRP’s best-known and most recognizable dolphins. She has been observed in and around Sarasota Bay more than 1,200 times since her birth in 1982. She is one of our most prolific dolphins and has given birth to 10 calves (though not all of them have survived).

That number ties with FB25 for the most observed births for females living in the Sarasota dolphin community that we monitor. Saida Beth’s last calf was born in 2013.

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.

Saida Beth (rear) and her 10th calf, F259, in 2017

Dolphin 1792, Merrily and Saida Beth head into Palma Sola Bay