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Jett

Jett Jett
Born:

Father:

Alfonz

Age:

Mother:

Jessica

Sex:

Male

Jett is the youngest of our dolphin population. Jett, or Jetson, as some may call him is small in body size but not in personality. He loves offering cute vocals and waving his flippers at guests and trainers walking alongside the lagoon. He is incredibly smart, learning new behaviors very quickly and picks up on conceptual and research behaviors almost immediately. Jett gets extremely excited interacting with all the guests he meets, usually soaking anyone in the near vicinity from his excitement, as he jumps out of the behaviors squeaking and squealing. You will not forget his cute little face! 

Leo

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Born:

Father:

Alfonz

Age:

Mother:

Nicky

Sex:

Male

Leo, a male, Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, was the first dolphin born at Dolphins Plus Bayside! His birthday is July 29th, 2003. He 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

Luna Luna Luna
Born:

Father:

Kimbit

Age:

Mother:

Samantha

Sex:

Female

Luna is one of our youngest female bottlenose dolphins, only 10 days older than her best friend, Nyla. While she may be one of the youngest, you would never know considering her large body size. Luna has what her trainers like to call “shark” eyes, making her spunky and mischievous nature even more fitting. She is quirky, extremely vocal and intelligent, always offering new vocals and learning new behaviors quickly. Luna loves swimming around with her favorite volleyball in her mouth and often plays keep away with her trainers when they try to retrieve it. 

Nica

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Born:

Father:

Kimbit

Age:

Mother:

Jessica

Sex:

Female

Nica is one of our adult female bottlenose dolphins. While she may not be the matriarch of the lagoon, she comes in as second in command and helps Samantha regulate the other dolphins. Nica loves to offer high pitched squeaks to cheer herself on after doing correct behaviors and in order to get her trainers attention both on and off session, giving her the nickname Squeaky. Many refer to her as our Beyonce or supermodel dolphin, as she has a long, slender body with an almost perfect dorsal fin and tail flukes. Trainers must earn Nica’s trust and love –she does not give it to just anyone—but once you have earned it, she becomes the best friend anyone could ask for. 

"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

Nyla Nyla Nyla
Born:

Father:

Alfonz

Age:

Mother:

Nica

Sex:

Female

Nyla is the youngest female of the population, but she does not let that stop her. Nyla is both brave and spunky and loves getting into mischief. She loves learning new behaviors and always catches on quickly to anything that is being trained. Nyla can often be seen both on and off-session making crazy vocals and slapping her pec flippers on the water to grab both trainers and guests’ attention. She loves bringing presents, like leaves and pieces of seagrass, to anyone who is standing alongside the lagoon. Nyla is definitely a one-of-a-kind.

Samantha

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Born:

Father:

Unknown

Age:

Mother:

Unknown

Sex:

Female

Samantha is one of our adult females and the matriarch of our population, meaning she rules the lagoon – whatever Samantha says, goes. While Samantha may be the oldest dolphin in our population, she is the highest flyer always outjumping all the others. She loves a clean house, usually “helping” clean up the lagoon by bringing us all the enrichment we just threw in for them.  Samantha is our crooked smile lady making her easy to pick out amongst the others. She loves being a mother and can usually be seen swimming side by side with her daughter Luna. Samantha is a very literal dolphin, making training new behaviors with her sometimes challenging, but once it “clicks” you can hear her vocalizing from across the lagoon in celebration.

"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