So, I’m Keplar. I am a male dolphin at Dolphin Discovery Tortola. I am about 20 years old. I love attention from humans and other dolphins, especially the females! I am not the alpha male, though I’ve vied for this spot many times. Hippo, the 40 something year old, continues to win rights to mate. I must say he’s made some beautiful babies!! I do love spending time with the pod and making ruckus!
Joel, one of the trainers and I have been working on our surfing! We’ve almost got the complete circle down!
I even enjoy spending time with Hippo, here’s the proof! I’m the more handsome dolphin!
I told you, I’m talented!!
Come hang out with Pure Fin and Dolphin Discovery Tortola to meet me!!!
Here are some facts about Bottlenose Dolphin Reproduction from Wikipedia
Both genders have genital slits on the underside of their bodies. The male can retract and conceal his penis through his slit. The female’s slit houses hervagina and anus. Females have two mammary slits, each housing one nipple, one on each side of the genital slit. The ability to stow their reproductive organs (especially in males) allows for maximum hydrodynamics. The breeding season produces significant physiological changes in males. At that time, the testes enlarge, enabling them to hold more sperm. Large amounts of sperm allow a male to wash away the previous suitor’s sperm, while leaving some of his own for fertilization. Also, sperm concentration markedly increases. Having less sperm for out-of-season social mating means it wastes less. This suggests sperm production is energetically expensive. Males have large testes in relation to their body size.
During the breeding season, males compete for access to females. Such competition can take the form of fighting other males or of herding females to prevent access by other males. In Shark Bay, male bottlenose dolphins have been observed working in pairs or larger groups to follow and/or restrict the movement of a female for weeks at a time, waiting for her to become sexually receptive. These coalitions will fight with other coalitions for control of females.
Mating occurs belly to belly. Dolphins have been observed engaging in intercourse when the females are not in their estrous cycles and cannot produce young, suggesting they may mate for pleasure. The gestation period averages 12 months. Births can occur at any time of year, although peaks occur in warmer months. The young are born in shallow water, sometimes assisted by a (possibly male) “midwife”, and usually only a single calf is born. Twins are possible, but rare. Newborn bottlenose dolphins are 0.8–1.4 m (2.6–4.6 ft) long and weigh 9–30 kg (20–66 lb), with Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin infants being generally smaller than common bottlenose dolphin infants. To accelerate nursing, the mother can eject milk from her mammary glands. The calf suckles for 18 months to up to 8 years, and continues to closely associate with its mother for several years after weaning. Females sexually mature at ages 5–13, males at ages 9–14. Females reproduce every two to six years. Georgetown University professor Janet Mann argues the strong personal behavior among male calves is about bond formation and benefits the species in an evolutionary context. She cites studies showing these dolphins as adults are inseparable, and that early bonds aid protection, as well as in locating females.