Adopt a Dolphin Biographies
006, also known as Sarafina, was first sighted by researchers in June 1993 and so was one of the first dolphins to be added to the IWDG Shannon Dolphin catalogue. As she was an adult when first sighted, she is believed to over 30 years old and is an important female in the Shannon dolphin population, having had three calves since 2012 alone. Her calf Nala, 801 the first calf to be officially recorded in the catalogue, was born in 2012. Her other known calves are 860, Ari, born in 2015 and 880 born in 2018. She is most frequently seen with her calves and other adults Bob 104, and Sandy Salmon 242.
104, also known as Bob, was first added to the catalogue in July 2002? Bob is an adult male and is the most frequently sighted dolphin by researchers. He ranges throughout the estuary but is most often spotted in the inner estuary near Money point and Tarbert, so you may see him when crossing on the ferry. He is most frequently seen with other adult males such as 084, Sabre and 095, Giado, and the females 006, Sarafina, and 242, Sandy Salmon.
242 Sandy Salmon
Like her mother Sarafina she has a notch in the centre of her dorsal fin. Nala is most often seen with Sarafina and younger sibling 880, along with Sabre, Bob and Norma Jean.
817 Muddy Mackerel
On the 1st of June 2012 Sandy Salmon live stranded on Beal beach, Co. Kerry. She was refloated by IWDG scientists and members. It was not known at the time but she was pregnant when she stranded. She gave birth to her calf, who we named Muddy Mackerel, a couple of month later. So two lives were saved that day!
Muddy and mother, Sandy Salmon
We can recognise Muddy from the long shallow notch on the trailing edge of the dorsal fin. What makes this dolphin instantly recognisable from a great distance though is the large white patch on the left side of the body.