Dolphin Diary – May 2016

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DOLPHIN DIARY MAY 2016

Hi Everyone,

 

ACCOLADE II RETURNS

Accolade II is one of the Port River Dolphins favourite ships to bow ride. It regularly travels across St Vincent’s gulf to Kleins Point on the Yorke Peninsula to collect limestone to bring back to Adelaide Brighton to make cement. It therefore travels in and out of the Port River most days. The dolphins know the Accolade well and appear to love riding its bow wave. The ship had been away for a few months in Singapore. It was great to see the dolphins enjoying a good ride when the ship returned on the 16th May. It is always lots of fun watching the dolphins having a great time leaping in front.

Accolade returns

Accolade returns

 

Bella's entanglement

Bella’s entanglement

BELLA UPDATE

Bella still has the entanglement around his fluke but thankfully it does not appear to be bothering him as much or causing him too much trouble at the moment. He is continuing to behave normally and is fishing and interacting with the other dolphins. We have had a good view of the dorsal (back) side of his flukes. You can clearly see where the line has cut in but at this stage it does not appear to be cutting in much further. We are hoping to get a view of the ventral side (underside) to see if this has changed.

 

Bella fishing

Bella fishing

 

INJURIES / LESIONS / RAKINGS

On the 19th May we noticed Marianna had some lesions on his tail stock. We are unsure what caused the lesions on Marianna but they are healing well and it has not stopped him from having a good surf in the wake of the tugs.

Lesions on Marianna

Lesions on Marianna

Marianna leaping in the wake of a tug

Marianna leaping in the wake of a tug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Moon was also observed with a lesion on his tail stock, New Moons’ lesion appears to be caused by another dolphin. Dolphins often bite and scratch each other with their teeth. These scratches are called“Rakings” and will usually heal quickly and disappear over time. Lunar has several rakings that are visible at the moment.

Lesion on New Moon Photo courtesy of Sharon Sharp

Lesion on New Moon
Photo courtesy of Sharon Sharp

Rakings on Lunar

Rakings on Lunar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIFFANY & SUMMER’S LITTLE HOLIDAY

Tiffany and Summer were sighted back in the Patawalonga at Glenelg during the month. The Mother and calf regularly make the trip between the Patawalonga and the Port River. They usually travel in and out through the lock gates. When the lock gates are open they are free to go in and out as they please. If they are in the Patawalonga when the lock gates are closed they are trapped until the lock gates open again. We have had some very heavy rain and the Patawalonga water quality did not appear very clean so I was pleased they did not stay in there for long this time.

Summer in the Pat

Summer in the Pat

Tiffany surfacing on the other side of the  open lock gates.

Tiffany surfacing on the other side of the open lock gates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunar playing with a jellyfish.

Lunar playing with a jellyfish.

Some of the other Dolphins we have seen over the last month include Morgan, Lunar, Crystal, Hope, Josh, Marianna, Ali, Ripple, Bianca, Doc, Tallula, Ryan, Sparkle, Star, Tiffany, Summer, Bubbles, Twinkle, Rob Roy, Zoom, Harmony, MJ, Sophie, Sharpie, Proppy, Danya, Boss, Rob Roy, Mouse and Hunter.

 

The Next Dolphin Diary will be at the beginning of July.

Best Wishes

Marianna

This article was written by Marianna

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