More on our adoptable animals...This time Charlie Phillips tells us a little more about 'Kesslet the dolphin'. To keep up with sightings updates of all the adoptable dolphins of the Moray Firth in Scotland check out Charlie's blog. And remember you can always give the gift of adoption for the holidays.
“Kesslet” (ID# 433) was born in 1994, daughter of the late Kess (ID#85) (who sadly died in 1998) and little sister of “Friths Bro” (ID#84). Kesslet was left motherless at the young age of 4, resulting in a bit of a tough upbringing – having to fend for herself at such a young age. And grow up she did, and what a fantastic dolphin! Ultra fast, incredible manoeuvrability and clever hunting tactics have made her into a formidable predator – she never, ever, misses a fish. After leading the carefree, somewhat precocious life of a single girl for ages she eventually gave birth to her first calf in September 2007.
The baby dolphin was soon identified through one of my photos as a boy and now he is three years old and almost as big as his Mum. He has been called Charlie (ID#1025) and is now as fast and as cheeky as his Mum was at the same age. It can be quite emotional watching the two of them together in the Kessock Channel sometimes as Kesslet takes Charlie to the same places and does exactly the same things as her mother did with her
I sometimes have to remind myself which dolphins I am watching. Her dorsal fin is relatively unmarked with no big nicks or deep scratches but is very re-curved and she can be recognised by this even at a distance. Charlie, however has picked up an impressive array of nicks and scratches for such a relatively young dolphin – a typical boy really.