New Dolphin Diary On The Port River
“One of our young dolphins, Kalea, is looking very unwell. The calf is spending a lot of time on the surface of the water and may have some mobility issues getting out of the way of approaching watercraft,” said Marianna.
“This is a very stressful and dangerous time for both the mum and calf.”
Regular dolphin watchers have been concerned about Kalea’s health for the last week. Barb Saberton observed that “He doesn’t seem to be feeding much. He dived maybe for about 30secs then surfaced for 10 minutes.”
The rangers are urging people to take care around the dolphins over Easter, with four calves in the water.
Senior ranger John Gitsham said boaties must stay at least 50m away from dolphins, but 150m away from mothers with calves.
“The babies are only about half the size of their mothers and are not strong swimmers yet, so it is particularly important for everyone to be aware that they are around,” Mr Gitsham said.
“Never get between a calf and its mother as this would cause them distress and could result in an injury to one animal or both.”
“Allow the dolphins to interact with you on their own terms, but do not touch, feed or try to follow them.”
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