“Ginger,” a bottlenose dolphin rehabilitated at Mote Marine Laboratory, was observed with a calf that appears to be her first baby on Aug. 6 in Sarasota Bay by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), which has monitored Ginger since her birth to a well-known resident Sarasota Bay dolphin, including the period since her successful return to the wild in 2009.
Photo caption: Ginger, a Sarasota Bay resident bottlenose dolphin rehabilitated and released by Mote Marine Lab, swims with a calf that appears to be her first baby on Aug. 6 in Sarasota Bay. The "2" on her dorsal fin is an identification marking - much like a medical ID bracelet - placed by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, which has monitored Ginger since birth and documented that she has been thriving after rehabilitation. (Credit: Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. Photo taken under NMFS Permit No. 15543.)