Fin Friday 'Dpec'
Dpec aka Summer was first recored in the spring of 2009, he is the son of local #dolphinofponta Spring - and when first sighted was a newborn - we can tell this by the foetal lines that were still visible!
In the December of 2012, at the tender age of three he had already had a run in with some fishing line which left him with a deformed pectoral fin. Two years later he was still seen in the company of mom who was pregnant with her second offspring.
Above: Dpec with fishing line
By 2015, he had broken away form mom and was finding his way in the bay with youngsters his similar age, including girls Rykie and Ritz. His ventral speckling started nicely by the next year and he had developed a nice notched dorsal fin too; he also damaged his lower jaw, and just like Cheeky had stalked barnacles attached there as well as to his damaged pectoral.
Left: 09/2015 S.barnacle on pec Image: 05/2016 S.barnacles gone
Dpec is now 11 years old, still with his jaw stalked barnacle and is one of our finned friends that is not shy of a circle swim with humans.
Fin 2010 Fin 2016
Above: Dpec 01/2018
Video: Dpec circle swimming
To find out how you can go about adopting one of our special finned friends please visit the site of the Society of Dolphin Conservation in Germany.
Don’t forget to checkout our partners at the World Cetacean Alliance to find out more about our vision of A World where cetaceans are only found in the wild, are respected and fully protected!