Since we first identified Vespa in 1985, members of the SDRP have seen her more than 1,000 times. This dolphin’s ninth calf was born in 2016 and her second calf, Scooter, has given birth to four calves of her own. In 2021, Vespa gave birth to her 11th calf. (Check out the video clip below.)
Unfortunately, many of her calves and grandcalves have not survived.
Why? Vespa’s lineage is known for interacting with people fishing: stalking boats, bridges and piers and waiting for discarded bait and catch. It seems that Vespa has been passing bad behaviors down to her calves and grandcalves, which has led to their entanglement in fishing line, hooking, ingestion of gear and other negative interactions.
We can’t “untrain” Vespa. But we can all play a role in helping to curb bad dolphin behavior when we’re fishing by following a few simple dolphin-friendly fishing tips