Lifestyle

Rare display of baby love

Resident Tin Can Bay dolphins Mystique and Ella’s newborn calf Squirt gave visitors and volunteers at Barnacle Dolphin Centre a rare and unforgettable experience at dolphin feeding times at Norman Pt this week.
Resident Tin Can Bay dolphins Mystique and Ella’s newborn calf Squirt gave visitors and volunteers at Barnacle Dolphin Centre a rare and unforgettable experience at dolphin feeding times at Norman Pt this week. Carolyn Smith

A RARE display of trust from a pod of dolphins is giving Tin Can Bay locals and visitors an unforgettable experience.

A dolphin calf, less than two months old, has arrived most mornings at the feeding point near Norman Pt boat ramp.

It's being brought to shore by its father Mystique, a regular at dolphin feeding, and mother Ella, who has been accompanying Mystique since pairing up.

Named Squirt by dolphin centre volunteers, the baby has been making daily public appearances at dolphin feeding along with Patch and another of Mystique's offspring called Aussie.

Closely watched over by its mother, Squirt appears to have no fear of humans and volunteers are overwhelmed by the unique experience.

They said stepping into the water with five dolphins in the wild was an experience of a lifetime.

Fishermen witness birth

Barnacles Dolphin Centre co-ordinator Di Andrews said Tin Can Bay fishermen witnessed the dolphin calf's birth on March 23.

The fishermen reported the rare sighting to volunteers that day and about a fortnight later Squirt was swimming around Dolphin Cove - the name given to an inlet of Snapper Creek near the Norman Pt boat ramp where public dolphin feeding is carried out every morning.

"When Squirt first came in he was messing around and someone called him a little squirt," Mrs Andrews said.

"Normally (dolphin parents) would bring their calf in to show it off and then take it away for a couple of months before we saw it again.

"This is what we experienced with Mystique's other offspring, Aussie, who is three years old. Normally they wouldn't bring the babies all the way into shore, but Ella has been bringing Squirt back each day.

"It's absolutely beautiful to see."

So far this week Ella and Squirt have only missed one day.

Mystique is a mature male dolphin that has been interacting with locals and visitors his entire life.

He learned this behaviour from his mother, Scarry, who was a regular visitor.

She has not been seen since 2004.

Dolphin visitors also include Aussie and Harmony - son and daughter of Mystique - which are fourth-generation feeders at Tin Can Bay.

Patch, a female pod member, also still visits and is sometimes accompanied by Valentine.

This pod of Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin is listed as a rare species in Queensland and feeding is regulated by Queensland Government laws with the set time of 8am. Mrs Andrews advises to turn up at 7am or phone Barnacles on 5486 4899 to confirm times.

Gympie Times

Topics:  dolphin tin can bay



SOAP BOX: Was it greyhounds or party games that bit Baird?

GONE: NSW Premier Mike Baird announced on Thursday that it was time to hand over the reins to a new premier for the state.

Now that he's gone, restore Sydney to what it was

Walker storms into junior 'Tahs roster

RISING STAR: Former Yamba junior rugby player Cody Walker has been selected in the  Waratahs Under-20 squad.

Former Buccaneer given an opportunity with junior Waratahs

Scammers strike more often than hackers: IT specialist

SCAM ALERT: Australia Post published this fake email on its website on January, 11, 2017, warning people its a scam and not to click or past the link into your internet browser. 'Delete the email immediately'.

"Everything locks up; then a ransom note comes up."

Local Partners

Baird will be 'sorely missed'

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis says the Clarence Valley has benefited from Mike Baird's time as Premier.


5 things to do this weekend

Lower Clarence Relay for Life Swim

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Artist program to link to gallery theme

VALUABLE STINT: Indigenous artist Karla Dickens at work in Grafton Regional Gallery's studio during her 2010 artist's residency.

Gallery encouraging indigenous artists to take up residency offer

Ed Sheeran wants Beyonce collaboration

Ed Sheeran wants to record a duet with Beyoncé.

Nicole Kidman squirms through questions on Keith

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

'God, you guys are personal ... that’s for him to talk about'

Mark Salling's child porn court date cancelled

Mark Salling's upcoming court hearing has been cancelled

Steve Carell pulls cruel prank on fans of the office

Steve Carrell decided to pull a cruel prank on fans of The Office

Lee Lin Chin's man-crazy, beer-loving side revealed

HAVE A BEER: Lee Lin Chin her tips and quips on life.

SBS newsreader Lee Lin Chin offers up satirical tips and quips.

Married at First Sight: M'boro dad to feature on reality TV

LOOKING FOR LOVE: Farmer Sean Hollands, 35, from Maryborough will feature on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

A bull riding accident put everything into perspective for Sean.

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Rates safe from land value hike

DRIVING GROWTH: The Pacific Highway upgrade has been linked to improved land values.

Figures up in latest valuer-general report

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!