|Sadly today we can confirm that Tangle's calf is no longer with us. At 2.30pm this afternoon, 300 metres off Tangalooma, Tangles was spotted being herded (mating) with one of our male dolphins - Echo. There was no calf in sight.
Tangle's calf was last seen at the dolphin feed on Saturday 15th January , although Tangles has been coming in without her calf since then, we could not confirm that the calf was no longer with us until now.
Unfortunately first time mothers only have a 50% chance of their first born calf surviving the first year. Mother dolphins have also been known to grieve for weeks and have been known to stay very close to the area where their calf has died.
The good news is that as Tangles was being herded by the males, it means that Tangles is likely to have a new baby calf in about 12 months time. It is quite common for female dolphins who lose their calf in the warmer months to become pregnant again within a few weeks of their calf dying.
We will sadly miss our "little one" who was highly spirited and a delight to see swimming around. We will never forget Tangles first baby calf, who was an important part of our dolphin family.
Tangle's beautiful baby calf - It will be sadly missed
Tangles being herded by Echo
Photo: Ina Ansman - Marine Scientist