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MEET THE DOLPHINS


Unbeknownst to many, the dolphins that visit our shores are actually part of two tight-knit family groups. Beauty and Bess, two mature females who have since passed away, kicked off the program by bringing in their young calves back in the 1990s. Check out the family tree below to learn more about the Tangalooma dolphin family, or click here to view the Dolphin Family Tree PDF


Beauty began visiting in 1986, and was the first dolphin to be fed by hand. She is the mother of Bobo, Tinkerbell and Shadow, and last visited the feed in December 1995


Fred first arrived at Tangalooma in 1993, and was a very calm and content dolphin. He acted like a grandfather to the younger dolphins, particularly Echo, and last visited the feed in February 2007


Bess began hand feeding in 1992 and in the mother to Rani and Nari. Bess was a very calm and gentle dolphin, and last visited the feed in February 1999


Bobo was beauty's son. Bobo was a dominant male dolphin, and belonged to his own pod of males. After two previous shark attacks, Bobo has not been seen since the 2011 floods


Tinkerbell is beauty's second calf. She is the mother of Tangles, Storm, Phoenix and the new born Luna. Tinkerbell is a dominant female dolphin


Tangles is the first calf of Tinkerbell. She is the big sister to Storm, Phoenix and Luna. Tangles had her first calf in 2010 which sadly passed away. She is now mother to Cruze who was born in 2012.


Storm is Tinkerbells second calf. He is the cousin to Silhouette and born only 10 days before her. Storm has become quite independent from Tinkerbell and is looking for his own male pod to join


Shadow is Beauty's second calf, but was orphaned at a young age when Beauty died. Shadow was looked after by sister Tinkerbell. Shadow is the mother of Silhouette and Zephyr


Silhouette is cousin to Storm, and only 10 days younger. Silhouette is a very playful dolphin and an active hunter. Although younger than Storm, she is larger in size


Nari is Bess's second calf. He was rescued at four years of age due to fishing line entanglement and again in 2009 due to a shark attack


Echo first came to Tangalooma at 10 months of age (very vulnerable without a mother). He was adopted by the Tangalooma dolphins and is best friends with Rani


Rani arrived at the program with his mother Bess in 1993 as a baby. His name actually means 'Indian Princess' as he was believed to be female until he was about six years old


Zephyr is Shadows second calf. He is very active and very social with the other dolphins. Bella looked after Zephyr when his mother Shadow passed away


Pheonix is Tinkerbell's third calf. Phoenix did not return to the feed after the floods in early 2011


Bella lives in the safe and shallow waters near the resort. She has acted as a 'baby sitter' to the younger dolphins while their mothers feed. It is estimated that Bella was born in 1965


Luna was Tinkerbell's fourth born calf, and is very playful and interactive with the other dolphins. Luna likes to swim by Bella's side during the feed


Cruze is Tangle's second born calf. Cruze is very social with the other dolphins and loves to play with seaweed and pufferfish during the feed.


Betts is Silhouettes female calf born in 2014. She is the great-granddaughter of Beauty, the first dolphin to begin hand feeding at Tangalooma.


Born in 2015, Calypso is the fifth calf from Tinkerbell, and granddaughter of Beauty, the first dolphin to begin hand feeding at Tangalooma.
 
 
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