Meet our Marine Mammal Family

Alfonz

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Fonzie

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Genie

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Male

Alfonz, an adult male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, was one of the first dolphins born at Dolphins Plus on July 25, 1993. He is the son of two of Dolphins Plus’ founding animals, Genie and Fonzie. He inherited his pink belly from his father, which he continued to pass on to one of his own sons, Leo. Alfonz exhibits a very round, yellowish rostrum and is easily identified by a white scar on the leading edge of his dorsal fin. Born in 1993, he is our oldest adult male and one of the largest dolphins in our population. Alfonz generally exhibits a very mellow personality, but has been known to show off in more ways than one! He proudly demonstrates one of our highest back dives, and can often be found inventing novel behaviors all on his own. He is often the first to participate in our daily enrichment and, although scientists do not believe that dolphins have the capacity to see in color, one of Alfonz’s favorite toys happens to be a pink, oversized Disney princess ball that he tosses across the lagoon with fervor.  It doesn’t take anyone long to find that Alfonz is truly one of a kind.

"Trainers joke that Alfonz has his own “manual” when it comes to training, but it is that handsomely goofy charm that challenges me to be a better trainer every day!"

- Kim McCallister

Axl

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Hutch

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Rose

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Male

Axl, born to Rose and Hutch at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida on May 16th 2010, has quickly become a beloved member of the Dolphins Plus Bayside family! Axl has a sloped melon, is darker grey than most of the other conspecifics, and is easily distinguished by his large dorsal fin. While he tends to be more timid when encountering novel stimuli, his trainers are amazed how quickly he learns new exciting behaviors. Axl loves to navigate the lagoons, and has a knack for finding exciting new environmental “toys”. Come explore and play with one of Dolphins Plus’ newest members, Axl!

Baby Bit aka: B.B.

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Little bit (LB)

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Dinghy

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Female

She is currently one of the youngest members at Dolphins Plus, and is remarkably bold and full of personality! BB likes to spend a lot of her time with her mother Dinghy, but when she's not busy with mom, you can observe her playing with the other juveniles in the lagoon and exploring her environment. BB's favorite games involve throwing toy balls or sea grass around her lagoon. Always clever and persistent, her trainers have observed her participating in alternate hunting strategies. Despite her young age, BB is a quick study and loves to mimic what the older dolphins are doing. Do not let her name fool you, as BB is most recognizable by her robust size and double chins. Her dorsal fin and flukes are pristine, with no defects or distinct marks around the trailing edges. BB also has two distinct small freckles on her ventral side of her peduncle, like her father LB.

"B.B. is a fun-loving youngster who finds a way to make every session entertaining! A crowd favorite, B.B. appears happiest while showing off her new behaviors in the spotlight!"

- Ali Sullivan (Trainer)

Bob

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Little bit (LB)

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Jessica

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Male

Named after the reggae singer, Bob Marley, Bob is a laid back dolphin with a gentle demeanor. Bob’s dark gray color, prominent lower jaw, massive length, and tall dorsal fin are his most prominent identifying characteristics. Nick named, Bob-O by his trainers, Bob is known for his special “scream” vocalization and his exuberance and excitability during guest interactions. As the alpha male of Dolphins Plus, he has fathered 3 calves and takes pride in paternal investment. His tranquil nature is evident during bonding moments with his offspring. However, Bob can easily be described as a “man of action” and typically enjoys fast-paced sessions with his trainers and learning new behaviors! In our structured program, Bob delights guests with his high-speed dorsal tows and foot pushes. In our natural swim, one of Bob’s favorite activities is turning guests in circles, leaving their heads spinning for days! Bob’s mild manner is particularly evident in Island Dolphin Care’s therapy program, where Bob delicately kisses and hugs children with special needs. Please visit Dolphins Plus to meet Bob today!

"Everyday, Bob reminds me that energy is never lost, but simply redirected. The more energy you have when you are working with Bob, the more his playful character shines!"

- Taylor Barvais (Trainer)

Brigg

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Clipper

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Capricorn

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Male

Brigg, one of Dolphins Plus Bayside’s male Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), was born on June 6th 2009 at Discovery Cove. Brigg, the son of Clipper and Capricorn is easy to distinguish due to his large, bulbous melon. His adorable under bite sets him apart from the rest of the population, as well as his large triangular dorsal fin. Brigg is quite bold in new and challenging situations, and is usually the first to complete a novel or complex task. He appears to seek the attention of the guest by doing corkscrew jumps and other high-energy behaviors before and after session. Come to Dolphins Plus Bayside to see Brigg today!

Dinghy

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Female

Ding-a-ling, also known as Dinghy, Ding, or Mother, is our alpha female and resident “human trainer”. Characterized by petite features, Dinghy has a stout, triangular shaped dorsal fin and very small flukes. Robust in shape and strength, Ding is extremely physically fit. Ding is often recognized by her distinct eyes, brown in color with a prominent white ring around the outside edge and evenly toned gray belly. Just behind Ding’s neck, she has several prominent wrinkles that stretch across her collar area. As the mother of five offspring, Ding is a no nonsense mom and teaches her calves right from wrong at an early age. Despite being the eldest animal in our population, Dinghy thrives on learning new behaviors and seems to enjoy her time in the spotlight. She frequently participates in lexigram studies, implemented by Dolphins Plus’ research department, to further our knowledge of dolphin cognition. In the structured program, Ding typically captures the audience and delights her trainers with her signature, high pitched “squeal” vocalization. Dinghy keeps the trainers on their toes and is truly one of a kind. Please visit Dolphins Plus to meet Dinghy today!

"Dinghy has taught me that, in life, although sometimes you are the teacher, most of the time you are the student."

- Dr. Holli Eskelinen (Assistant Director of Research)

Hurlee

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Akai

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Thelma

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Male

Hurlee is one of Dolphins Plus Bayside’s male Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), born September 6th, 2007 to Akai and Thelma at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida. He is easy to identify among the population, as he is very light in color with pink accent colorations on his belly. Hurlee is described as the ham of Dolphins Plus Bayside; he is quite gregarious, and constantly plays with toys to attract the attention of the crowd. One of his favorite games is to play catch…with himself! Hurlee throws a ball high up in the air and catches it in his mouth, as his fellow dolphin and trainer friends watch in awe. Come cheer on our adorable athlete at Dolphins Plus Bayside today!

Ige

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Akai

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Natalie

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Male

Ige, one of Dolphins Plus Bayside’s newest additions is a male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), born at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida to Natalie and Akai on September 6th 2007. Ige is one of the first dolphins to catch your eye due to his very large, protruding, and charismatic eyes. He has a very sleek and slender melon and is always a hit with the females. Ige has a bold personality and is usually the first to start the session. Ige spends much of his time finding new creative ways to play with toys in the lagoon, or showing off his impressive vocalizations to the crowd. Stop by and let Ige show off for you at Dolphins Plus Bayside! 

Isaac

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Kimbit

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Samantha

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Male

Isaac, the youngest member of our dolphin family, was born at Dolphins Plus Bayside on June 1, 2011. Much like his namesake, Sir Isaac Newton, Isaac exhibited a great capacity for learning at an early age. This youngster was interacting with his trainers at only four months of age and engaging with our guests at six months of age! Initially, Isaac learned a great deal from his mother, Samantha, through observational learning. Currently, Isaac understands the principles of operant conditioning and is constantly learning new behaviors! This little man soaks up information like a sponge! Currently, he even knows more behaviors than his own mother! Taking after his father Kimbit, Isaac especially enjoys learning new interaction behaviors that he can engage in with our guests. Additionally, Isaac is quick to master those high-flying acrobatic behaviors that tend to WOW the trainers and the guests. Isaac thrives off of the stimulation his training sessions provide and feeds off of the trainers’ praise. In his spare time, this spunky dolphin can be seen catching minnows, racing the other youngsters across the shallow beach, and tossing mangrove pods around the lagoon. Isaac has acquired quite a few fun and quirky nicknames from his trainers including: Little Bean, Doodle Bug, Little Dude, Butterbean, and Stinky. Stop by Dolphins Plus Bayside to meet Isaac today!

"Isaac loves water noodles, people rubbing with his tail, and swimming with his trainers. When he’s not chasing minnows and shrimp around the lagoon, he often spends time playing with his favorite friends, Julie and Zoe."

- Ethan Kleinschmidt

Jessica

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Female

Jessica, our longest female dolphin, has a protruding lower jaw and a small, triangular dorsal fin. She is easy to recognize by her small, triangular shaped dorsal fin, protruding lower jaw, light belly with gray freckles and hazy, light eyes. Otherwise known as Jess-uh-mica or Jess, Jessica enjoys being a mom and is best known for her tranquil, yet strong personality. Jessica is the mother to three beautiful offspring and takes the role of mothering very seriously. Although easy going by nature, Jessica’s subtle control over the other dolphins is evident when protecting her offspring. Jessica prefers her calves stay close by and tends to nurse her calves for an extended period of time. She is also well known for her speed during the structured program, as she pulls and pushes guests through the water at such a fast clip that she leaves a wake of water behind her. As an adult female, Jessica is very vocal and her trainers have captured many of her unique sounds during training sessions. Most recently, she has learned to “squawk” when her trainer cues her with the verbal command of, "what". Please visit Dolphins Plus and meet Jessica.

"Jessica has shown me the true meaning of determination. Her eagerness to learn and succeed is astounding."

- Chantal Borguss (Senior Trainer)

Jett

Jett
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Alfonz

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Jessica

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Male

Son of Jessica and Alfonz, Jett was born on Thanksgiving morning, November 24, 2016, and gave the Dolphins Plus family something else to be thankful for. At one month of age, Jett began interacting with his trainers and exploring the lagoon. Much of Jett’s time is spent observing and playing with his older half-brother, Tug! While Jett is still growing, he takes after his mom with his triangular dorsal fin and slender and long body shape.

Julie

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Little Bit

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Dinghy

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Female

Julie is one of the female Atlantic bottlenose dolphins at Dolphins Plus Bayside. Born on August 19th, 2007, Julie is nicknamed our “Italian” dolphin because the back of her dorsal fin is rippled like the edge of a lasagna noodle! She also has a birthmark on the right side of her melon that compliments her large and expressive eyes. She is one of the most vocal dolphins in our population and she loves offering novel and exuberant vocalizations when learning new behaviors or simply to express her excitement during a session! Julie is the princess of Dolphins Plus Bayside and is well known for her fun loving personality!  

"Julie is one of my favorite animals to work with because she is a constant reminder to let your spirit shine! She screams when she gets excited, and is a ball of energy. I just think everyone should be as full of wonder as this dolphin at some point each day!"

- Emily Thompson

Leo

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Alfonz

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Nicky

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Male

Leo, a male, Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, was the first dolphin born at Dolphins Plus Bayside! His birthday is July 29th, 2003. He lives with his father, Alfonz, and is easily recognized by his light body, pink belly, and hooked dorsal fin.  He is a very vocal dolphin and knows over fourteen different vocalizations that he can offer on signal! Leo is also the star of an ongoing research study for a “create” behavior in which Leo offers novel behaviors that are different each time!  His trainers have several goofy nicknames for him including Schmeeshmo, Lilo, and Lee! Leo loves a good back rub from his trainers, showing off how fancy he is, getting attention and applause from guests, and “shopping” for presents in his lagoon to give to guests and his trainers! Stop by Dolphins Plus Bayside to meet Leo today!

"I am very lucky to have known Leo since birth and can best describe him as Dolphin Cove's impressionist dolphin extraordinaire! For most of his life, Leo has been mimicking other animal sounds via his vocalizations and has mastered a perfect impression of a seagull. Leo can even “giggle” and impersonate a laughing baby. I love working with Leo because I never know what vocalization he will offer next!"

- Jessica Lilli

Luna

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Kimbit

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Samantha

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Female

Luna, one of our youngest, female Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, was born on July 14th, 2015. Much like her mother Samantha, Luna quickly stole the hearts of the staff with her sweet, gentle nature and curious personality. She lives up to her name, as she is easily recognizable by her light gray, crescent-shaped dorsal fin, and big, round eyes. Luna constantly learns new behaviors from her trainers and her mother and impresses the staff with her ability to quickly acquire new information. At only 5 months of age, she began participating in water-work behaviors with her trainers! Luna is gentle but brave, and learns a new behavior every day. Alongside her mother, she interacts with guests daily in both the Structured and Shallow Water Encounters! Recently, Luna started trying out her jumping skills alongside her mom! In her spare time, Luna likes to toss sea beans up in the air, play with her fellow bottlenose calf playmate, Nyla, and swim tucked underneath her beautiful mama! Stop by Dolphins Plus today to see the lovely Luna!

Nica

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Kimbit

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Jessica

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Female

Nica, a female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, is recognized by her long, slender frame and “sassy” personality. These characteristics earned her the nickname of “Supermodel” or “Diva”, here at Dolphins Plus Bayside! While each dolphin possesses flukes that are unique in shape, size and markings, Nica’s flukes have no notches or unique markings on them, making them “picture perfect”! Her dorsal fin is triangular, much like the sail of a boat. Nica was originally born at Dolphins Plus Oceanside on June 2, 2004. She is extremely quick to pick up on new training and thrives off of learning new husbandry behaviors. Nica’s nicknames include: Squeaky, Pica, Neekies and Cookie! Nica’s favorite thing is having everyone’s attention solely on her!

"Nica loves to express excitement through adorable vocalizations that sound like a squeaky toy. These squeaking, chirping sounds have earned her the nickname "Squeaks"!"

- Lacey Russell

Nyla

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Alfonz

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Nica

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Female

Nyla, one of Dolphins Plus Bayside's newest additions, is a spunky female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calf, swimming her way into the hearts of the Dolphins Plus family. Nyla was born on July 24, 2015 to Nica and Alfonz. She is dark grey in color, like her mom, and sports bright white rings around her eyes and a round yellow rostrum, like her dad. When she's not busy cruising the lagoon with her buddy, Luna, or collecting sea beans from the mangroves, she is quickly gaining the reputation of Bayside's ballerina, impressing trainers with her twirls, splashes, and jumps! She is a bright young student, who is quickly becoming a pro at our Structured swim program. Nyla is incredibly outgoing and often found cruising the docks, watching the trainers, and showing off her newest vocalizations. Stop by Dolphins Plus Bayside today to meet this fabulous little lady!

Samantha

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Female

Samantha, an adult female Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, is the eldest member of our dolphin pod at Dolphins Plus Bayside. She can be recognized by her jagged dorsal fin and football-shaped hole in her right fluke. Many of our guests are able to recognize Samantha by her infamous offset jaw. This key trait, along with her expressive eyes and sweet mothering personality make her a guest favorite. Samantha loves showing off her high-flying jumps and squeaky vocalizations. She is frequently seen swimming around the lagoon with her son, Isaac, tucked below her. Her trainers have given her many nicknames including: Sammie, Mommy Potato, and Baloney!

"Samantha’s favorite thing to do is cuddle with her trainers in the shallow water areas of her lagoon! I love my snuggle time with Samantha."

- Jessica Lundstrom

Tug

Tug
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Alfonz

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Dinghy

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Male

Tug, son of Alfonz and Dinghy, was born on September 25, 2016 and is an independent little calf. He has learned to station at the platform with his trainers and enjoys eating fish and Jello! Robust with a short rostrum, Tug is very large for his age. He seems to enjoy interacting with various objects in the lagoon including leaves and grass and so far his favorite toy is the ball. When Tug is not cavorting around the lagoon, you will find him playing with his friend, Isaac, his older sister, B.B., and half-brother, Jett!

Zoe

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Bob

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Jessica

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Female

Zoe is a female Atlantic bottlenose at Dolphins Plus Bayside and the newest addition to the family! She was born on July 14th, 2010 at Dolphins Plus Oceanside, where she lived until early 2014. Zoe currently lives with her half sister, Nica, and her pointy rostrum and petite body easily identify Zoe. She is the only female member of our pod to sport a pink belly, which is a trait inherited from her mother, Jessica, who resides at Dolphins Plus Oceanside. Despite her small size, trainers describe Zoe as fearless. Zoe loves to feed off of trainers’ and guests’ enthusiasm and often responds with adorable vocalizations of her own. You can often see Zoe’s excitement through her large and expressive eyes!

"Zoe is a vivacious and independent little girl who can stand her ground with the best of them, but she still loves to snuggle in my arms!"

- Marylou Wright