Info: babysitting dolphin

Michael Williamson (
Mon, 15 Jun 1995 22:37:09

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Subject:      Tursiops babysitting Delphinus
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Dear Marmamers,
last August we had the opportunity to observe an unusual event in our
study area, which is a part of the Croatian Kvarneric', in the Northern
Adriatic Sea.
A common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) was babysitting a newborn
bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). The mother of the calf (a well
known, photoidentified individual named "Badfin") was staying nearby,
apparently involved in deep-water feeding activities but often surfacing
in a loose association with the couple.
Common dolphins are rare in the area, being observed by us only twice
in eight years of observations (totalling well over 2,000 hours at sea).
The only cetacean species regulaly observed in the area is the bottlenose
I was wondering if there are other similar reports in the literature. Is
there any first-hand observation of non-cospecific babysitting?
I would also like to receive any comment or hint.
Giovanni Bearzi
Adriatic Dolphin Project
Tethys Research Institute
Podjavori 13
51551 Veli Losinj
tel/fax ++ 385 51 236348