This article first caught my eye because of the dolphin mothers’ names—Caliban and Bailey (especially the former!)—dolphins that have given birth in captivity at a research center/marine park in Bermuda. Dolphin Quest announced the two new arrivals born on April 1. Marine Animals manager Roma Hayward said that “Both Caliban and Bailey delivered their calves rostrum (head) first, which although not unheard of, is rare.” Over the next several weeks Dolphin Quest’s marine mammal specialists will be monitoring Caliban, Bailey and their calves on a 24-hour basis because the first few months of a calf’s life are critical, as they learn to nurse and establish bonds with their mother.
“It is the fourth time Caliban and Bailey have given birth in Bermuda. The last new arrivals at the Dockyard Keep were in spring 2007 when they delivered calves within three days of each other. Ely was born to Bailey on June 3 and Bermudiana to Caliban on June 6. Cirrus, a 33-year-old Atlantic bottlenose, also gave birth to Luna on May 23, 2007. All three births were the result of artificial insemination using frozen semen brought to Bermuda from US marine parks part of a groundbreaking cetacean reproduction study in small population genetics.”
Dolphin Quest is dedicated to conservation and the advancement of marine mammal research and contributes funding for field studies, staff expertise in the field and on-site, as well as involving the Dolphin Quest animals in responsible non-invasive research projects at their sites. Many of the projects sponsored by Dolphin Quest are associated with renowned scientists from universities and organizations around the world. These studies provide new scientific information for a better understanding and conserving of marine mammals. In addition to marine mammal research, Dolphin Quest assists with projects involving the many islands and local communities where Dolphin Quest resides.
For information on Dolphin Quest’s research projects, see http://www.dolphinquest.com/index.php/current_projects?cfid=53