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A happy tail: Dolphin seriously injured by propeller heals, seen with calf

After being seriously injured by a propeller in 2015, Babyface was recently seen with a calf.
Babyface, a female bottlenose dolphin who was seriously injured by a propeller in 2015, was seen with a calf in July 2018. (Photo - Lesley Ferguson)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - They looked pretty bad at first.

Babyface, a female bottlenose dolphin, was first spotted in 2015 around the John's Pass area with multiple deep lacerations to the peduncle near her tail.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium officials, along with the National Marine Fisheries Services, decided to let her heal in her natural environment.

Babyface, a female bottlenose dolphin, was seriously injured by a propeller in 2015. (Courtesy - Clearwater Marine Aquarium)

"The CMA team was hopeful that Babyface would fully recover knowing that it might take several months for the deep wounds to completely heal," the aquarium said.

Three years later, Babyface was spotted with her own baby calf.

The museum posted a photo of the pair, taken by photographer Lesley Ferguson, on its website.

"Despite the extensive injuries that she has suffered, Babyface seems to be thriving and is a proud mother to this adorable calf," the aquarium said.

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