When Dolphins Fall in Love...

Sometimes a dolphin falls in love with a dolphin that's not their own kind! And when that happens, the baby is called a "hybrid".

Ever hear of a Wolphin? That's a hybrid of a Bottlenose dolphin and a False Killer whale (which *we* know is really a dolphin in disguise; see Killers in Disguise)  

Scroll down, and you'll see a picture of a Wolphin!

I love hybrids...they're fascinating. They happen with captive dolphins as well as wild ones.  Here are some examples:

  • 2006 Whale Watching Data: "Feb 6...1 hybrid Bottlenose / Risso's dolphin!!"*
  • In 2000, a hybrid between Dusky dolphin / Southern Rightwhale dolphin was photographed off Argentina!** (see photo below)
  • In 1933, three strange dolphins beached of the Irish coast; they appeared to be hybrids between Risso's dolphin / Bottlenose dolphin.
Interestingly, it appears that hybrid dolphins can also reproduce. Sea World has a Wolphin that recently had a baby Wolphin, fathered by a Bottlenose.

To show you how amazing these hybrids are, check out the examples below...and keep scrolling down if you want to see the Dusky/Southern Rightwhale dolphin hybrid, it's just amazing!

Dusky/Southern Rightwhale dolphin hybrid:

A) Dusky dolphin    

B) Southern Rightwhale dolphin

C) Photographed hybrid of both

Stay tuned for my next post on albino dolphins!

*  read the Whale Watching log
** read more on Dusky/S. Rightwhale dolphin hybrid 

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