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Calamity

Calamity



  • Born: Approx. 1981 (Rescued wild born dolphin)
  • Species: Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus)

Calamity was originally rescued from the Tweed River in 1992 with discarded fishing line wrapped around her tail fluke. This fishing line was cut loose and she was released back into the river in the hope she would be able to relocate her pod and resume a normal life.

However, 18 months later she had to be rescued again, this time with 15m of fishing line, cunjevoi and kelp strands wrapped so tightly around her tail fluke that it was nearly severed her tail fluke. 'Calamity' affectionately named by the staff, she was brought back to Dolphin Marine Conservation Park and given intensive care and muscular rehabilitation.

In the end, the extent of Calamity's injuries was so great that she was unable to be as released back into the wild and so she was introduced to the rest of the dolphin family where she eventually formed a special bond with Bucky. Since that time she has become a mother at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, giving birth to Bella (born July 2005) and Jet (born December 2009).

 

Calamity enjoys her pats and is often following staff for pats. She especially loves a good tail massage! Calamity’s Story educates our guest about the impacts of fishing debris in our environment. Because of cases like Calamity in 2013 Dolphin Marine Conservation Park joined the Seal the Loop program, which is aimed at collecting fishing line from our beaches; since its then we have collected over 30km of fishing line savings many marine lives.

 

 

 

 

 




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Tami

I seen Bucky on sash on TV just now. What an amazing spirit. I feel blessed to be kissed by a trooper. Xoxo thank you Greg for sharing an amazing dolphin. I work with Fuji and I am glad we have a photo booth for people to keep the memories. Sometimes it is all you have. I love my kiss picture with Bucky. Thank you for your photo. Paige Sinclair CEO..

Katherine Thompson

This was my last visit to The pet Porpoise pool 35 years ago I was 7. we used to go every year when I was little and my grandmother getting kissed by a seal was the highlight of the day. I loved feeding the fairy penguins and my dream is to one day swim with the dolphins. I would love to win passes to marine magic to experience it again with my family. What great memories Katherine, we hope to w..

Bianca

My mum and I just spend the whole weekend at Pet Porpoise Pool, we travel from Tweed to Coffs just to see Buck and Zip, we love them and can't get enough. Already driven down 3 times this year, and every time it's amazing. And we loved seeing all 5 dolphins in the pool, Bella's a sneaky little thing! We got drenched by her plenty of times hahaha. Great to hear you enjoyed yourselves - Paige S..

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Annabelle Guest

I first saw the park and I was amazed I never seen a dolphin and to swim with one was the best. once you got over the cold chill of the water it was like your in a paradise. in a heartbeat, id go there again any time. Thank you Annabelle, we hope to welcome you back to the park some time soon! DMM team :)..

Karen Purchase

I turned 50 in August and I used the money from my family and friends to tick off 2 of my bucket list, to touch a seal and a dolphin. My dreams came to when I booked myself into being ‘’Trainer for the Day”, I blew my mind as I got to see everything from behind the park and how well looked after each animal, I got to walk seals an their exercise, participate in the show (I was so excited I for..

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Shannon

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