Dolphin Identification

Dolphins can be identified by markings on their dorsal fins. Each dorsal fin is unique and this is the easiest method for marine scientists to distinguish one dolphin from another in the wild. Photographing and cataloging dorsal fins of dolphins swimming in Estero Bay enable the Ostego Bay Foundation scientists to 'keep tabs', so to speak, on the mammals. Through this identification method, it has been established that a pod of almost three dozen dolphins call Estero Bay and the surrounding waters "home".

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Dolphin Behaviors

Some dolphin behaviors are more common than others, such as fish-chasing, fish-whacking, and tail-slapping. Wild dolphins in Estero Bay have been recorded on video exhibiting these behaviors as well as their off-time habit of playing with their food.

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