Fin Friday Dolphin of Ponta 'Lolly'
She made it into the catalogue in 2003 and has been regularly sighted throughout the years. She too is a great mum and like many in the area, has the scars to prove it. Not only does Lolly have a great identifiable fin, but she also sports a damaged pectoral and a white spot, just like that of Beever. All of these make her easy to remember when in the field!
Lolly has, over the past two decades become habituated to having humans in her space and we have had encounters with her ranging from social sexual bouts with the adult males, to time spent in the company of pregnant females and nursery pods.
Lolly has always been tolerant of our Encountours and has directly approached with her newborns in tow and allowed for some intimate viewing of nursing (see video left) and childrearing.
In 2013 while pregnant, Angie observed Lolly positioned vertically in the water just below the surface, she was open and closing her beak and looked to be interested in something above. There was a light drizzle and the sea surface was silky smooth - was she looking at the raindrops, perhaps her reflection, or was there a fish she was after….Check out the video.
Current data suggests that Lolly has been encountered 168 times with most observations taking place in the coastal shallows of Ponta do Ouro and Malongane bays. Since 2006, Lolly has calved 5 times with her most recent born in the August of 2019. By the time we get back to sea the latest addition to the Lolly family line will be one years old! We hope that this little #dolphinsofponta has kept safe and sound in our absence.
Lolly introducing her newborn!
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