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



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

EXCLUSIVE: New restaurant sensation for Sizzler building

SIZZLER: Meekak is set to open in the old Sizzler building in Bundaberg.

And it's opening in just a couple of months

Forecasters say big wet may end region's big dry

Higgins Storm Chasing says big rain is on the way.

Higgins and BoM say rain's on the way

Cucumber virus results due next week, growers told

NASTY BUG: Green cucumber mottle mosaic virus affects the entire cucurbit family: cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash and zucchini.

'Everyone was interested to know what it means'

Local Partners

Forget fries, get drive-through fruit and veg in Bundy

IT'S a combination of drive-through and hydroponics that will have foodies coming back for more.


Quality players on their way for beach volleyball event

GOING LOW: Brett Redgen competing in the Queensland Beach Volleyball event in Bargara last year.

Preparations on track for top weekend

Red balloons to fly in show of support for firies

MORNING TEA: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett was joined by firefighters from across the region at a special morning tea to honour their service in the community today.

Show appreciation for region's firefighters

Region's students on their bikes next month

HOP ON BOARD: Friday, March 17, is National Ride2School Day.

Riding fun, healthy and improves classroom performance

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

GET a sneak peek at Green Day's American Idiot The Musical as we go behind the scenes to meet the stars at a QPAC rehearsal.

Bundy's newest spy hits America

Bundy man stars on screen

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ipswich facing housing shortage: Property expert

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!