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A Tribute to Dolphin Mothers and their Calves


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www.bio.davidson.edu



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www.blogs.orlandosentinel.com



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www.perthnow.com.au



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Australia  www.tools.goldcoast.com.au



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By Faultier13 Flickr



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By Photolen on Flickr



A Birth


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Oltremare lagoon in Riccione, Italy. Photo by Leandro Stanzani.



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The Baby, about 30 pounds! Photo by Leandro Stanzani.




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Happy Mom. After one year's gestation.  Photo by Leandro Stanzani.



Must Watch Video:
Birth of a baby dolphin in an aquarium.
Really special! Blurry beginning but gets better. Short video: youtube.com



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Dolphin Baby in utero. Six months.
The gestation period for dolphins is 12 months.
Copyright: David Barlow Photo.



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A beached baby Dolphin was found in Montevideo, Uruguay, he was no older then 10 days. It appears he got stuck in a fishing net. magazine024.com



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Dolphin Baby in Uruguay - magazine024.com



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A Youngster by Tucuxi Flickr



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Calves nurse for about a year and a half but stay with their Mom for much longer.
Female dolphins generally give birth once every three years.** www.bing.com



But Now


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Dead dolphin calf - www.newsbythesecond.com



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Gulfport Mississippi - Feb 2011 - Sun Herald



For the past two years since the Gulf Oil Spill, record breaking numbers of bottlenose dolphins of all ages have been reported dead on the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle.^ Many females have gone into labor early since the spill and their babies were either stillborn or died soon after birth.



dolphin die off chart in gulf

Since February 2010, more than 600 dolphins have been found on the shores between the Louisiana-Texas border and the western coast of Florida. www.pbs.org



The dolphin birthing season is March through May. And the following two years after the Gulf Spill have turned out to be very distressful, for dolphin mom's mourn their calves as do humans. Watch the two videos below and you will be convinced of that.* www.nmfs.noaa.gov  news.ucf.edu






A Bottlenose dolphin mother gives her dead baby to the Dolphin Research Team in the Laguna Madre Bay, South Padre Island, TX. If nothing else does, this will make you cry.



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A couple kayaking, saw a dolphin mother pushing her dead baby around then left her and came back 2 hours later and she was still doing it-  trying to revive him.



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Mother with dead fetus - www.spyhoplog.blogspot.com
Photo: Keith Rittmaster


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Gulf Feb 2011, photo by James Edward Bates



A 'robotic' discussion aboout the recent spike of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico. Is it related to the BP oil spill? Is it related to the millions of gallons of Corexit dumped into the Gulf? Corexit is a product line of solvents primarily used as a dispersant for breaking up oil slicks. It is produced by Nalco Holding Company which is associated with BP. Corexit 9500, four times more toxic than crude oil, is one of the most poisonous dispersants ever developed, and is up to 20 times more toxic than other dispersants, and only half as effective.



Further Reading:

*www.sunherald.com

*www.guardian.co.uk

**www.bio.davidson.edu

www.reuters.com

www.nzherald.co.nz

www.cnn.com

www.news.discovery.com

www.blog.gulflive.com


Report a Stranding in:

North Carolina: Marine Mammal Stranding Network

 





 
 

 

 

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the top half is so cute but the second half is just really sad and made me cry
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Dolphin`s are my passion we should find a way to help them. Also try to stop the increase of deaths!!!:(
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WOW!!!!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!!! EVEN THOUGH I LOVE DOLPHINS AND THAT I ADOPTED 2 FOR CHRISMAS IN 2011 THEIR ARE STILL DEAD BABY DOLPHINS AND DEAD MOM'S. THE MOTHER THAT WAS CARING HER DEAD BABY AROUND TRYING TO RCIVE HER THe baby and no giving up!!!!
 
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