There’s just something wonderful about watching dolphins frolic in the water. They seem simultaneously wise, nurturing, friendly and utterly carefree.
According to the organization’s Facebook page, the video was taken in the morning hours off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida.
See Through Canoe Company says it manufactures and sells its innovative boats all over the world. And their lovely video snippet is certainly earning a worldwide audience, too.
Fox-affiliated WTVT reports that the uplifting footage was captured by See Through Canoe Company staffer Michael McCarty. It shows a mama dolphin and her newborn calf romping through the waves, as the wee one learns to chase fish.
Dolphins normally give birth to only one calf. Female dolphins are called cows, and they carry their little ones in the womb for roughly 9 to 17 months, according to Mental Floss.
Another intriguing tidbit? The babies — known as calves — are born tail-first so they don’t drown as they make their big underwater debut.
Mental Floss also notes that calves usually nurse for a year or two. They often stay with their mother for several years until they find a suitable mate and have calves of their own.
See Through Canoe points out that in this particular video, the baby calf “watches mom swim upside down chasing fish.” McCarty said that the adorable infant was likely only a few days old.
The company also shares some other interesting dolphin facts on Facebook. “Dolphin calves are about 42 inches at birth, and weigh 22-40 lbs.,” their video caption reads.
The caption goes on to explain that “calves are darker than adults and have light, vertical lines on their side.”
Additionally, See Through Canoe notes that “nursing only lasts 5-10 seconds and happens 3 to 8 times per hour.”
KSTU explains that McCarty captured the video using a drone with a telephoto lens. The device also has propellers that are fairly quiet.
This means McCarty was able to catch these endearing images while maintaining a reassuring distance from the dolphins. Low-noise propellers won’t normally disturb or alarm local wildlife in the area, either.
In fact, See Through Canoe took this high-visibility opportunity to educate marine enthusiasts about safe boating practices.
“To all the boaters out there, please think about this dolphin calf as you’re boating and slow down when you see dolphin,” their post reads. “Don’t just assume they can always get out of your way.”
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