Scientists from around the world interested in dolphin baby boom in Sarasota Bay

Sarasota County

Tampa Bay area scientists are seeing an interesting and cute trend: there’s a local dolphin baby boom!

It’s got the attention of scientists from around the world.

A News Channel 8 crew tagged along with scientists on a boat in Sarasota Bay. The scientists were with the Chicago Zoological Society’s Dolphin Research Program, which is done in collaboration with Mote Marine Laboratory.

They’ve been surveying and monitoring the local dolphin population in Sarasota Bay since 1970.

In the past few years, they’ve noticed a baby boom.

Last year, they saw 21 new calves. That’s nearly double the average.

“In all the years that I’ve been here, I’ve never seen that many,” said Dr. Randy Wells.

It’s causing researchers around the world to take notice.

We’ll tell you why this boom is important to those of us on land. Don’t miss our special report that airs Friday at 5 p.m. on News Channel 8.

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