People flooded social media last weekend with images of a dolphin calf near sea bathers at Reduit beach.
“Today was absolutely magical,” one individual wrote on Facebook.
“We swam with a wild baby dolphin in the bay close to home. It’s been my dream as far back as I can remember to swim with one.”
However, the Facebook post described the experience as ‘bitter sweet’, asserting that some ‘nefarious fate’ had befallen the parents.
And a local Fisheries Biologist appeared to agree.
The biologist told St Lucia Times that the calf likely became separated from its mother or was ill and disoriented.
He said it was unlikely that the mother would venture into shallow water to retrieve the juvenile.
People reported seeing the young dolphin between Friday and Sunday.
They said that the last they saw of the creature it seemed tired and week.
But by Monday, there were no such reports of sightings as individuals expressed concern that the calf would die of starvation or succumb to whatever illness it may have contracted.
St Lucia Times understands that some persons, under the guidance of the Fisheries Department, made unsuccessful attempts to get the juvenile back into open water.
The Fisheries Biologist who spoke to St Lucia Times explained that dolphin sightings in Saint Lucia are not new.
However he cautioned that human interaction with the creatures when they are either ill or disoriented could cause them ‘more stress’.
Headline photo: Screen grab from video