Dolphin Baby Boom!

Copyright A.Cesario/HEPCA

The Red Sea Dolphin Project research team is happy to report that the first research expedition in the southern Egyptian Red Sea has seen many sightings of newborn dolphins and pregnant females! Each of the four species sighted throughout June 2010 (spinner, pan-tropical spotted, indo-pacific bottlenose and common bottlenose dolphins) appeared to have a few adorable newborns amidst their numbers and several pregnant females – some very huge. Since the rate of survival of newborn dolphins beyond the first year is only 50%, the presence of many newborns and the prospect of having more of them soon indicate that dolphin populations in the southern Red Sea are healthy and thriving…

Maha Khalil (HEPCA intern)

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