Phoenix and Zephyr are continuing to develop their wild dolphin hunting techniques. One of their hunting techniques that staff observe on a nightly basis at the feed is when the young calves invert hunt.
This behaviour is when the dolphin will swim quickly on their back chasing fish that are swimming close to the surface of the water. As the dolphin's eyes are designed to look forward and down, the only way the dolphin can see the fish that is swimming close to the surface of the water is when the dolphins turns upside down on its back.
Lately the sea mullet has been swimming through the dolphin feed area. Great for the dolphins!!! All of the dolphins will start to invert hunt, and now its great to see that Zephyr and Phoenix are also joining in on the action. Our babies are growing up!!!.
As the calves are only 19 months old, they are still very dependent on their mothers for milk, so it is quite common to see the young calves still suckling from their mothers throughout the feed. They will do so until they are approx 2-3 years of age and then they will be out in the Bay hunting and catching their own food which will include fish, squid, cuttlefish and other small crustaceans.