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Current Age Class: Mottled (2016)
First seen: Two-tone (1998)
Identification Marks: Violet has two small nicks towards the top of the trailing edge of her dorsal fin. She also has an asterisk like spot pattern on her right flank down towards her belly.
Violet is the offspring of Venus, who was first seen in 1992, and is part of the Southern group of animals. We first saw Violet as a young two-tone back in 1998. When we last saw her in 2016, she was an adult in her first year in the fused age class. Violet has been a mother to three offspring, Verde, Vinca, and Vivid. Currently Vinca and Vivid are still with us. However, the calf in the above photo is not hers. She seems to be babysitting Infinity’s calf, a two-tone first observed in 2009 named Infinite. Violet still hangs out with the Southern group on Little Bahama Bank and we look forward to seeing her this season.
About the Photographer:
Ruth Petzold is a long-time scuba diver and professional underwater photographer. She played a major role in the research of Dr. Eugenie Clarke, traveling with her on over 50 expeditions and serving as her research photographer. A member of the Explorers Club, she has been recognized as a Champion of the Sea due to her philanthropic work in seeking to promote the welfare of the seas and the protection of the marine environment through her generous donations. Her philanthropic actions have reached a number of marine-oriented organizations, including SHARK SAVERS and The Wild Dolphin Project. She attended the University of Michigan Hospital and Rockefeller University to do Immunology Research. She turned to full-time underwater photography and dive travel in 1985 and has made diving her life ever since. In addition to her skills as a scuba diver, Ruth is an airplane pilot. In 2016, she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.