Scientists see spike in baby dolphins in Tampa Bay area

Posted at 4:08 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 18:13:20-04

SARASOTA, Fla. — Scientists in the Tampa Bay area are noticing a spike in baby dolphins.

“We know that 2017 was a record breaking year for baby dolphins,” said Captain Kathe Fannon.

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Researchers saw about twice the amount of baby dolphins in 2017 than they normally see.  Researchers from all over the country are headed to our area to figure out why. The bulk of the research is being performed at Mote Marine in Sarasota.

Captain Fannon said she has seen an increase during her boat tours.

“They are very protective. Dolphins are great parents, they live in family units and they are even known to babysit for each other,” said Fannon.

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Researchers in Clearwater said they are also seeing a spike in baby dolphin numbers, but they aren’t sure why the numbers are up. Researchers are studying the dolphins to see why the numbers increased.