The Namibian Dolphin Project | T-017

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T-017, Bottlenose dolphin

T-017 never had a name. She was one of the mothers we knew well from the pilot study in 2008. They were seen often in the bay.  She stranded along with a lot of the other animals in 2009 up the Walvis Bay lagoon.  This seems to have been a stressful event for these animals […]

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T-017 never had a name. She was one of the mothers we knew well from the pilot study in 2008. They were seen often in the bay.  She stranded along with a lot of the other animals in 2009 up the Walvis Bay lagoon.  This seems to have been a stressful event for these animals as they have been seen far less in WVB since this stranding.

On the 21 July 2010, she was found dead on the beach north of Swakopmund.  The cause of death wasn’t obvious but there were some shark bites on her body, probably ‘post-mortem’. We can only hope it was natural old age and not stress related due to all the human impact in the ecosystem. Her calf is still alive and well.