In mid July of 2016, Dandy gave birth to little Daniel: her first calf! During the BBC shoot for Blue Planet II, we were able to capture some wonderful moments on film of Dandy and her “babysitter” Laura in June 2016. Little Daniel was then too young to be able to rub himself against the corals. The calves always watch their mothers very intently while swimming by their side.
We usually observe calves rubbing themselves on corals for the first time when they are around 6 months old. Daniel is now over a year old and is already very playful and inquisitive – just like his mother. He spends a lot of time with swimmers instead of sleeping, which is a shame, as sleep is very important – especially for young dolphins.