This week local favourite Tinkerbell delighted Tangalooma Eco Rangers and guests by introducing her new baby calf to the crowd!
Tinkerbell had continued to visit the nightly dolphin feeding at Tangalooma throughout her pregnancy as staff anxiously awaited the new arrival, so they were overjoyed to see mum and calf both healthy and well. This is Tinkerbell’s sixth calf – having welcomed a new bub every four years, except for her previous male Calypso, who arrived after only a three-year gap and she was clearly very proud to show off her latest addition to the family. Tinkerbell is also grandmother to Cruze and Sprite from her firstborn Tangles – to check out the Tangalooma dolphins’ family tree, please click here
For now the new calf will be nursed by mum (this usually lasts for around 12-24 months) and will begin to hunt fish in the wild when it is around six months. This is the 2nd calf to be born this year, with Silhouette debuting her newborn back in January. As yet the dolphin is still to be named so watch this space!
As you know, Tangalooma is today regarded as the leading wild dolphin feeding program in the world, with up to 13 dolphins (including the new calf!) now visiting its shores each evening. The Dolphin Care Team, consisting of Eco Rangers and dedicated staff, run the program which operates to strict guidelines to ensure the protection of the dolphins.
Remember, the wild dolphin feeding experience is included in all overnight stays and select day trips booked directly through Tangalooma Island Resort so now is the perfect time to book a trip!
Ongoing Refurbishments: Tangalooma Flyer and Resort Pool!
It’s not just the resort that has been undergoing refurbishment; this month the Tangalooma Flyer has also been getting a makeover! Four boatbuilders, two painters and four crew are working around the clock to complete the work and get the Tangalooma Flyer back in the water as soon as possible!
Built in 1982, the Flyer was Tangalooma’s first catamaran and has certainly worked hard over the past 37 years. It was last refurbished in 2005, so has been completely gutted inside before it is brought back to life.
Tangalooma’s swimming pool has also been having an extreme makeover. With a completely new shell, and all-new fittings the pool is now almost unrecognisable – and with just some landscaping left to complete before the pool is finished, it will be ready any day now.
As always, all refurbishments are being carefully managed to avoid minimal disruption to guests, with business very much ‘as usual’!
Over 100 humpback whale sightings just last week!
The cold snap may have hit, but the sun is shining and the whales are out to play! Last week, 31 whales were sighted on one day alone, and with the latecomers making a last-minute dash to warmer waters as well as the front runners already heading back south with their calves, Moreton Bay is the place to see all the action in the next few weeks as the whale season peaks.
Remember, the Tangalooma Whale Watching season ends on 13th October, so now is a great time for guests to lock in their whale watching safari! Or come and experience it for yourself!