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The sighting of a dolphin calf has excited
onlookers in Port Phillip Bay!
A video has been released of the newborn and mum swimming up to a Queenscliff-based tour boat on Thursday, along with a
20 strong pod of dolphins putting on an acrobatics show.
The six-week-old calf is believed to be around the size of a football, with tour company Sea All Dolphin Swims eagerly awaiting
the arrival of the young calves after spotting heavily pregnant dolphins feeding close to shore while waiting to give birth.
Sea All Dolphin Swims director James Murphy is expecting to see a lot more of them.
“There is a rather large maternity pod getting around the front of Queenscliff. In that pod, there’s this youngster and there are
another four calves. So two calves December last year and another two from April,” he said.
There is also good news for those hoping to do some dolphin-spotting on the water, as they are here to stay.
“It’s a resident pod. We’ve got around 120 animals that live within Port Phillip Bay. They’re a species called the Burrunan dolphin
which you can only find in Port Phillip Bay and there’s another small group over at the Gippsland lakes,” Mr Murphy said.
But he is reminding those hoping to catch a glimpse of them to use common sense.
“You should be trying to stay 100 metres from a pod. If you’re travelling at high speed and you do see dolphins in the area it’s
always good to pull back.”