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Use of all photo-id images authorized by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) LOC #21556 issued to Stephen McCulloch (2018).
TRAC was the 142nd dolphin added to our photo ID catalog, first observed by the team in 2019. Most often TRAC is seen with large maternal pods. However, it’s generally a new group of dolphins each sighting, resulting in associations with more than 80 different dolphins since our first sighting in 2019.
The 88th dolphin added to our photo ID catalog, TIGR was first observed by the team at the end of 2018. TIGR is likely female due to her continued close association with a calf (ELFF) since 2019, and she has been seen with both large maternal pods and smaller groups of 2-6 dolphins.
SOLO was the first dolphin observed by our photo ID team back in 2018, and subsequently the first dolphin added to the photo ID catalog. The name SOLO was earned because this dolphin has only been observed alone and has never been seen interacting with other dolphins while under observation of our team.
PMAN was the 2nd dolphin added to our photo ID catalog, first observed by the team in 2018 on the first day of surveys. Based on our observations so far, it doesn’t appear that PMAN has any significant “relationships” with other dolphins. Over the course of 5 sightings, PMAN has been seen with numerous dolphins, however there has never been association with any dolphin more than once.
The 194th dolphin added to our photo ID catalog, first observed by the team in 2019. ELFF is the presumed calf of TIGR, likely born in 2019, making them one of the younger dolphins in our population. If you look at the dorsal fins of this mom/calf pair (ignoring the notches) you’ll notice that both have a very similar hooked shape.
BTOP was the 5th dolphin added to our photo ID catalog, first observed by the team in 2018.
Since 2018, BTOP has been socially well-traveled, and has been observed with close to 50 different dolphins in various groups throughout the past few years. BTOP appears to prefer habitats on the Florida Bay side of the Upper Keys.