Jabiru’s 2015 Calf
Each spring we eagerly await the return of our familiar females – and last spring we were surprised and elated to see Jabiru bring back a young calf, most likely born between December and February in the Caribbean. This was Jabiru’s first known calf, spotted in late May of 2015 with a spectacular display of tail breaching. This activity pretty much set the tone for the rest of the season, where the calf was often seen flipper slapping, breaching, and approaching our boats for a closer look – which left us wondering who was watching who? Jabiru and her calf spent a great deal of time with Pele, Cajun and her calf. The two calves often interacted, perhaps trying to out-do each other with their acrobatic behavior. On one evening trip in August, Jabiru’s calf fully breached right alongside the boat. As our naturalist described it – “I swear we were in the splash zone!” Our final sighting in early November showed mom and calf together, synchronized lob-tailing. Though we had many looks at this young whale’s fluke, its pattern won’t become permanent for at least another year, at which point it will get a name.