Spotted dolphin and baby

Bahamas

2007

The spotted dolphin lives in the Gulf Stream in pods of 5 to 15 individuals. Once they reach sexual maturity the female gives birth to a baby every 3-4 years. The calf, born without spots, is then nursed for a full year and stays with its mother for almost 3 years. Its spots appear on the belly, flanks and back around one year of age. By the age of two, the calf is covered in them. Like whale sharks, each spotted dolphin's coat is unique.

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