Meet Ceebie

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Ceebie was born in 1986; and we first found him with his Mum, ED, which stands for “Enigmatic Dolphin,” a name bestowed because we would see ED all over the place. ED was among a handful of females that have very large ranges, so young Ceebie had quite a lively social life as an infant, meeting his mother’s acquaintances (and their infants) throughout her range.

He has always been a bit of a scamp, in the middle of rowdy social groups and causing trouble. As an adolescent male Ceebie was seen with a lot of other young males that would later become members of different second-order alliances, including the Kroker Spaniels, the Prima Donnas and the Rascals. Who would Ceebie end up with? By 2001 Ceebie solidified his membership in the Kroker Spaniels, which was our second group (after the Wow Crowd in the 1990s) to achieve a size of 14 members. The Krokers always formed trios to consort females and Ceebie was a total flirt, consorting with nine other members!

In the early years he was most often in trios with Midgie and Quasi but they dumped him to become a stable trio with Pong. So Ceebie “played the field” and as the Krokers shrunk to a group of ten in the next decade, he was often with Deet and Moggy. Now the Krokers are down to two trios and Ceebie has worked his way back into a trio with Pasta and Pong (whose buddies Midgie and Quasi are no more). Ceebie is still a trouble-maker, and so of course a researcher favorite!  Known as the ‘pop’ star of the Krokers you can reliably hear him produce the pop vocalization in air when he is consorting a female. 

You can watch Ceebie in 2001 getting into a head-to-head “tiff” and fight with Pasta before being set upon by members of 3 second-order alliances—including his own-- for some dolphin faux pas he apparently committed (, then watch Ceebie threatening a consorted female with “pops” and chasing her around in 2016 (see the first part of the video “an incredible morning on Stephanie King’s communication project” on this page). In the Dolphin Decade Ceebie will be moving into his mid to late 30s; will he settle down and become a more sedate older male? Possibly, but we doubt it!