For a Holiday look at adoptable dolphins in Moray Firth, today Charlie Phillips tells us about Rainbow the dolphin.
Rainbow (ID#31) has been known to us for a long time, Aberdeen University first identified her in 1990 and she is a lovely adult female dolphin. She has a few marks on her dorsal fin, the most noticeable is a nick about two thirds down the fin and much smaller dimples above the nick. Rainbow is also unusual in that both her jaws are the same length; most bottlenoses have a slightly shorter top jaw.
She is a popular and regular dolphin in the Inner Moray Firth, spending a lot of time with the other adoption dolphins around Cromarty, Chanonry Point and North Kessock but she has been known to travel as far as the Tay estuary on one occasion. She has been a mother to four calves that we know of, the latest being born this autumn so she is a 2010 mum along with one of our other female adoption dolphins and her great friend – Moonlight. Rainbow is a terrific hunter – rarely missing a salmon and although she is one of the “senior girls” she has a formidable turn of speed. She hunted really well this summer, building up the energy reserves needed to supply her little one with thick, rich milk and I am keeping a keen eye on her over the winter whenever I can, as the first winter is the most difficult time for a baby dolphin.
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