Sarasota Dolphin Research Program documents record number of dolphin births in 2021
This has turned out to be a record year for the number of dolphin calves born in and around Sarasota Bay. Researchers with the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP) have documented 22 dolphin births so far this year, exceeding the record of 21 set in 2017.
Based at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, the SDRP has been monitoring the bottlenose dolphin population there for more than five decades, greatly extending the understanding of dolphin behavior. It’s the world’s longest-running study of a wild dolphin population.
We learn about the program, and what’s made 2021 a record breaking year for new dolphin births. Researchers suspect the severe red tide event along the southwest coast of Florida in 2018-2019 may have played a role. Listen in to find out why.
Dr. Randy Wells is Vice President of Marine Mammal Conservation and Director of the SDRP.
Click here if you’d like to hear what dolphin signature whistles sound like, from the episode we did on Sept. 30, 2020 to mark the SDRP's 50th anniversary.