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Title: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on September 14, 2008, 05:54:57 PM
A day I will remember for a life time..

Headed out of Barnegat Inlet late morning, with Rod sr. Ray Z and Bob Hare.  to test out some new electronics I installed..

Ran North to Seaside and marked a lot of Bait Fish But nothing was on any of them.

So we worked our way back South.. Slowed up near IBSP in about 20 feet of water.. seen some bird action  but no one home..  Noticed a Dolphin Coming out of the water and yelled to the crew to take a look.  well It was the Dolphin that was Hunting us down t^  Stopped the boat and to my surprise this lone beauty Came right up to the boat.  basically Begging for a treat.  Knowing it is Illegal to feed wild Dolphins.. we did not hand feed him any of our "Fresh" Just snagged..bunker..

He was Branded #56 on his dorsal fin.  We all took turns patting him on the head..

This guy is a celebrity. Bobby found this when he got home.

http://www.seaworld.org/wild-world/zoo-research/indian-river-project/dolphin-56.htm

  I hope those that track him Find this and know where he is. I may try and contact someone..

A day to remember t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pfishingruven on September 14, 2008, 06:01:51 PM
WOW!!  That is really awesome Rod.  He has really traveled quite some distance!!  Funny how he is still people friendly, as if he was still at Sea World.  Hopefully he continues to stay healthy and unbothered by anyone.  That is a great experience.

Nice boat outing.  Thanks for letting me know no one is home in the SSP/IBSP area, I won't bother going out tonight hhppy!

 TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: captainbailey on September 14, 2008, 06:03:36 PM
awesome!

good job on the pics t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: brickken on September 14, 2008, 06:05:25 PM
Look Familiar? Our family ran into him last November and took the attached picture. It was as you said an amazing experience. As a lark I typed in "Who is dolphin 56" and was amazed to find out he was 12 years old when first tagged 30 + years ago!

My son, offshore Ryan actually tracked down the research scientist who was at the time in Germany doing a study. We sent on the picture and our report. They told us it was the clearest one they had seen in years with the 56 clearly visible. Quite the thrill and shows you never know what you will run into on the water  t^

(http://njsaltwaterfisherman.com/index.php?option=com_joomgallery&func=watermark&catid=1&id=213&Itemid=153)


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Bucktail on September 14, 2008, 06:19:03 PM
 w0w  That's cool! t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: IrishAyes on September 14, 2008, 06:22:33 PM
That is simply amazing. You are right Ken, you don't know what you will come across in the water.

One of the reasons this sport is so awesome.  t^

Great pics.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pops Soul on September 14, 2008, 06:50:36 PM
That is VERY cool  t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: gymrat987654321 on September 14, 2008, 06:51:21 PM
 w0w that is way too cool.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: hareball on September 14, 2008, 07:10:25 PM
Had a great day today Rod!!! chrz


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Still Running on September 14, 2008, 08:59:49 PM
Really cool guys.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pfishingruven on September 14, 2008, 09:34:00 PM
That is really cool!  I guess he likes NJ, unless he is a snow bird??  He is pretty old for a dolphin too.  It says average lifespan is 20-55 years or so.  Which is quite a big difference.  Either way, he is up there in age.

 TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: ped579 on September 14, 2008, 11:29:35 PM
Rod like you said it si a once in a life time encounter.  Glad you were able to get some really great pictures.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Mr Limpett on September 14, 2008, 11:49:03 PM
That is amazing. Great fish story, with pictures no less! outstanding. Something
like that can really make you feel like
there's more to this than going out and
going fishing.
That's like a spiritual experience.

-Mr Limpett


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: ped579 on September 14, 2008, 11:59:25 PM
Ooo Hhh Mmmmm...Sorry I could not resist... ;D


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Mr Limpett on September 15, 2008, 12:04:43 AM
Ha! That's right OOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMM


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Luna Sea 5 on September 15, 2008, 05:58:49 AM
 o@ w0w


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Capt -Jerry P on September 15, 2008, 09:05:01 AM
really cool.

thanks for sharing chrz


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Capt. Mike on September 15, 2008, 04:52:40 PM
Awesome find guys wish I was there.  chrz


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on September 16, 2008, 09:49:01 PM
A nice one t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: hareball on September 16, 2008, 10:02:12 PM
 ;D


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: ped579 on September 18, 2008, 01:19:27 AM
 t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: donovan on September 24, 2008, 06:47:49 PM
That's Spectacular.
I've been looking for 56 all summer. Am doing a story for Outside magazine about 56 and my 15-year fascination with him. Will be in the area late this weekend and early next week. Can I meet with folks who've seen him?
All best,
Donovan Webster


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on September 24, 2008, 06:51:39 PM
Hi Donovon..

Welcome to the site..  yes..  It was an awesome experience..

I will be in Barnegat this Sunday..

You can email me for My phone #..

I'll bump your posts to 8 so you can get that info from the members list t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Luna Sea 5 on September 24, 2008, 06:52:03 PM
welcome to the site..


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: IrishAyes on September 24, 2008, 07:02:11 PM
Welcome to the site Donovan. Dolphin 56's story is very fascinating.

Can you inform us when the story is in the Outside magazine?  t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hunter 2 on September 24, 2008, 07:56:58 PM
Very Cool  chrz chrz


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Luna Sea 5 on September 24, 2008, 08:00:32 PM
 whs


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pfishingruven on September 24, 2008, 08:02:12 PM
Welcome!!

...and the story continues!!  How awesome!!

 grtn

 TT^



Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: brickken on September 24, 2008, 08:36:23 PM
That's Spectacular.
I've been looking for 56 all summer. Am doing a story for Outside magazine about 56 and my 15-year fascination with him. Will be in the area late this weekend and early next week. Can I meet with folks who've seen him?
All best,
Donovan Webster
would be happy to meet with you as well just let us know when and where


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: ped579 on September 24, 2008, 10:53:26 PM
Welcome donovan, to our site.  This is a great story please keep us in the loop on 56 as not only are we interested but our families are as well.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: hareball on September 24, 2008, 11:16:31 PM
#56 For President TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: ped579 on September 24, 2008, 11:29:21 PM
He's got my vote... TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Uncle Luna on September 24, 2008, 11:49:06 PM
Amazing pictures there Rod you don't see that very often really cool. Also to have someone respond who has been reasearching 56 all those years. Welcome Donavan never thought you would find your dolphin here.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: surfrocket on October 03, 2008, 06:03:09 PM
i cant believe i missed. this is an amazing story. rod and ken you guys are very lucky to be a part of this history. very touching story,all i can say is wow.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on October 03, 2008, 06:28:52 PM
This Sunday I will be meting Donavan at the boat, He is driving up from VA. We will be trolling IBSP for "fish"  and hoping 56 makes an appearance.

There is a pretty good chance he will show.  From what I'm told.  he loves people.. and what will be the populated beach in NJ On Sunday..
IBSP..

If anyone is out there.. keep your eyes open for him. and give me a shout if you see him..  PM me if you need my Number.. or it's in the contact forum t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pfishingruven on October 03, 2008, 09:41:55 PM
Very cool!  Hope you find him again!

 TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on October 05, 2008, 08:01:47 PM
Hit the inlet around 10:30 Am With Donovan from Outside Magazine.  Ran 17 Miles North off the beach...  Not a Dolphin in site..  Had a few reports of a lone Dolphin off IBSP..  but 56 was a no show today..

Was a great day on the water..  My Wife a Daughter were turning a little green.. but they stuck it out for Donovan t^ 

we will not give up..

If anyone spots him.. please let us know here t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: surfrocket on October 05, 2008, 08:34:13 PM
i'm sorry he was a no show for you today rod.. still amazed by this story.  your very lucky to be a part of this.      :-*


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Bucktail on October 05, 2008, 08:49:02 PM
Too bad Rod. :-\  Nice try though! t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pfishingruven on October 05, 2008, 11:36:40 PM
Stinks!  It was certainly a good try and worth trying to find him for the story.

 TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Uncle Luna on October 05, 2008, 11:56:11 PM
Nice effort there Capt. Rod


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: ped579 on October 06, 2008, 09:52:28 AM
Hey Rod, maybe you should explain like you did to me about the way he swims.  It will make for an easier spot now I know what I am looking for.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: dikdanger on October 12, 2008, 07:30:07 PM
Hey Rod, maybe you should explain like you did to me about the way he swims.  It will make for an easier spot now I know what I am looking for.

why... does this dolphin have his own lil quirkey way of swimmen???

i'm glad i didnt just pass over this thread... awesome story...
 slt


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on October 12, 2008, 09:07:14 PM
It is really Cool..

This guy doesn't "porpoise" in the water like other Dolphin on the move..  when he is near Boats he stays out of the water..  so he can look around to see who he wants to approach..  Just like Ken's Picture. t^
(http://njsaltwaterfisherman.com/forums/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=8638.0;attach=14310;image)

I will find this guy again.. or I am told .. he will find me.. ;) Next will be video t^

My trip out with Donavan should be in  Outdoor Magazine in Jan / Feb..


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pfishingruven on October 12, 2008, 09:09:21 PM
Cool!  I am keeping an eye out for him when I am out fishing.  I am sure there will be another siting, unless he heads south when it gets colder?

 TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on October 12, 2008, 09:48:10 PM
I have been told.. from the sightings.. he has stayed in the North East for the past 10 years or so..  Where as.. his Brothers..  from the pod  haven't left Florida..  They think he heads out to the Gulf Stream for the winter.. and waits for us to return in the spring..



Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Bucktail on October 12, 2008, 09:54:36 PM
I guess 56 is a loner.  But, I heard second hand that there was a lot of dolphins off northern LBI this morning.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pfishingruven on October 12, 2008, 10:16:43 PM
Cool!  I guess he likes the solitude life...can't blame him!!

 TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on July 20, 2010, 10:45:20 AM
Got this from a Thomas Fimple  Yesterday.  I have been getting a lot of emails about Dolphin 56..  seems he's been hanging around the brigantine area..

Quote
The date was yesterday Sunday July 18th 2010. The time was approximately 3pm. The location is called Corsons Inlet State Park of NJ. Its between ocean city and strathmere twp. His behavior was very alert avd playful. He swam under and around my waverunner doing barrel rolls for about 2-5 mins. Although the video is short the entire pod was in the area for a few hours. I knew nothing of the rare dolphin until I came home and began some research on the internet. What an experience it was to witness something like that.


Today Bobby and I are meeting a reporter at the boat from NJN that is doing a story on him..

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgYtHf4cE44


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pfishingruven on July 20, 2010, 11:57:37 AM
This is such a cool, ongoing story!

 clp TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: hareball on July 20, 2010, 11:11:57 PM
Can't wait to see it on the news tomorrow TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on July 20, 2010, 11:50:14 PM
 t^ Yea that was fun Bob  t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Bucktail on July 27, 2010, 02:39:37 PM
What happened with this?  Did they ever run the piece?


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on July 27, 2010, 03:00:17 PM
Looks like this Wednesday. 6:00 news  t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: hareball on July 28, 2010, 06:30:52 PM
 TT^ TT^ TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Tacklebox Joe on July 28, 2010, 06:32:35 PM
 t^ t^ t^ t^ clp Rod, any video clip?


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on July 28, 2010, 06:47:22 PM
I MISSED IT>..   it will be on their youtube .

also run again at 7:30


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on July 28, 2010, 06:58:45 PM
Ah  they cut out all of Bob.. 5hrug

sorry Bob..


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on July 28, 2010, 07:57:44 PM
That was neat..

Here is a really cool right up Donavan Webster from outside magazine did last year..

He did a great Job t^

http://outside.away.com/outside/culture/200907/dolphin-56-1.html


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: ped579 on July 28, 2010, 10:07:28 PM
Nice job Rod... clp clp clp


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Still Running on July 29, 2010, 07:58:39 AM
Dolphin 56 is on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dolphin-56/102451231888



Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: wb on July 29, 2010, 08:57:41 AM
Dolphin 56 is on Facebook

dam I knew they were smart, but evidently they also now have waterproof computers and special keyboards so they can type with their noses!!!

so long, and thanks for all the fish...


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on July 29, 2010, 03:46:16 PM
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEZwqoDcu-Q
 t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: SurfJockey on July 29, 2010, 04:24:08 PM
Awesome Rod!!!!!!!!!!!
 chrz


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: ChrisL on July 29, 2010, 04:40:50 PM
 whs

You couldn't get the banner set up as a backdrop?  ;)


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Bucktail on July 29, 2010, 05:28:47 PM
 t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pops Soul on July 30, 2010, 12:05:13 PM
 TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on August 02, 2010, 07:23:19 AM
Got this from A guy this morning..

Our boy is in Barnegat  t^  Best Video Ever taken.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icq0CHQV3js


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hunter 2 on August 02, 2010, 08:23:58 AM
Cool video! t^ clp


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Bucktail on August 02, 2010, 09:23:18 AM
 t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pfishingruven on August 02, 2010, 04:22:08 PM
 clp


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Salty Saint on October 03, 2010, 08:10:18 PM
I met up with Dolphin 56 in Absecon Inlet, Brigantine 10/2/10.  I feel even more blessed for the experience.  Posted my video on you-tube.
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqkl7gUQpe0


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on October 03, 2010, 08:39:12 PM
 clp  Good for you..   clp

Did you know of him prior?


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: ped579 on October 03, 2010, 10:44:38 PM
Fantastic shots, glad to see him again.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: paul-e on October 04, 2010, 12:04:13 AM
Very cool. t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pfishingruven on October 04, 2010, 01:08:25 PM
Great video...thanks!

 TT^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: ecall on October 24, 2010, 08:42:14 AM
10-23-1o  did not get to fish but it was worth going for a ride.  Heading out the Cape Mat Inlet there he was.  Dolphine #56.  came up to the boat and popped his head out and sat there.  He would swim away and then come back up.  From what i read about him, i didnt mind not going fishing.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: IrishAyes on October 24, 2010, 06:42:31 PM
 t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on October 24, 2010, 07:02:57 PM
 t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: SurfJockey on October 23, 2011, 09:05:24 AM
 t^
Every time I see dolphins of IBSP, I wonder if 56 is out in the pod.


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Bucktail on October 23, 2011, 09:40:24 AM
I took my daughter to see Dolphin Tale (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1564349/) last week.  When we watched it I was thinking of 56 also.  

SEE HERE FOR..NJ Saltwater Fisherman Dolphin 56 Article (http://njsaltwaterfisherman.com/forums/index.php?topic=8638.0&Itemid=210)

It's a true story and a pretty good movie. t^

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdpg9NsgEaI


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on October 23, 2011, 10:06:50 AM
Yea.. Looks like a Cool Movie.  We Run their banner here on the site..   "By Their Choice"  t^

SEE HERE FOR..NJ Saltwater Fisherman Dolphin 56 Article (http://njsaltwaterfisherman.com/forums/index.php?topic=8638.0&Itemid=210)


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: IrishAyes on August 04, 2012, 10:31:09 AM
Hasn't been seen this year, hope he is ok and just in hiding.

By Wallace Mckelvy/Press of Atlantic City

BRIGANTINE — Where is Dolphin 56?

Bob Schoelkopf has asked himself this question many times this year.

The bottlenose dolphin swam from Florida up to New Jersey every year for decades after being branded in 1979, making it one of the longest and most comprehensively tracked dolphins on the East Coast. Dolphin 56 went missing this year, sparking a national watch for the 45-year-old dolphin.

"This is the first year in many years we haven’t seen him," Schoelkopf, director of the Brigantine-based Marine Mammal Stranding Center, said. "We’re concerned he reached the end of his lifetime."

A Facebook page was set up in 2009 to track the dolphin. The last reported sighting was in July 2011, when the dolphin was photographed off the coast of Wales. Many followers have posted concerns about Dolphin 56’s well-being.

"It is not a good sign that no one on the East Coast has seen him yet," wrote Kathy Hunter, of Sea Isle City. "But I will not give up hope!"

Every time the Brigantine center gets a report of a dolphin washed up on shore, Schoelkopf’s thoughts turn to Dolphin 56. Because it had exceeded the average lifespan of a bottlenose dolphin — Dolphin 56 was somewhere between 40 and 45 years old — he said it’s likely the cetacean has died.

On Sunday, a bottlenose dolphin washed up on the beach in Sea Isle City and another on Wednesday under a dock at the Golden Nugget marina in Atlantic City. Both were false alarms. The first was struck by a boat the same weekend, while the second was too badly decomposed to positively identify.

"It was all white and he said it looked like a piece was coming off of it, which could mean it was attached by a shark," he said. "This time of year, we see animals like that one because the old dolphins die off."

Suzanne Thurman, executive director of the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute based in Nassau, Del., said Dolphin 56’s disappearance has sparked discussions between stranding centers all along northeastern coast.

While its age is troubling, Thurman said it’s still possible Dolphin 56 is out there but hasn’t been spotted yet. Another dolphin, Dolphin 437, went missing for more than a year before it turned up again at Cape Henlopen in Delaware.

"We hadn’t had any sightings all of last year, but it showed up again this year," she said. "I’m hoping the same happens for this one."

Dolphin 56 was freeze-branded in 1979 off the coast of Florida when it was about 10 years old. The process involves branding a large identifying number on the dolphin’s dorsal fin with liquid nitrogen.

"Freeze-branding is a one-time pain, and they last an unlimited amount of time," he said.

Schoelkopf said the process is still used today because satellite beacons tend to fade after eight to 10 years and can cause a lot of distress to the animal.

Dolphin 56 was memorable because of how eager it was to approach people. While there are often gaps in the histories of other dolphins, Schoelkopf this one had predictable travel plans.

"He likes to go to New Jersey all the time in the summers," he said. "He’d go back every year in early summer or late spring."

For many years, Schoelkopf said he got reports of the dolphin swimming alongside rowing crews from Holy Spirit High School as they practiced in the inland bays.

"He’d come behind the center a lot and we’d go out in a boat to follow him," he said. "He’d play with seaweed and toss live fish in the air."

For a time, fish and wildlife agents also followed the dolphin, waiting to slap unsuspecting boaters with a $20,000 fine for feeding Dolphin 56.

"This dolphin would come up to a boat and squeak at them to get some fish," Schoelkopf said.

Jennifer Dittmar, stranding coordinator for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, said it’s unusual for a dolphin in the wild to develop such a following. That, she said, is probably a function of its personality.

As Dolphin 56 migrated north to New Jersey, Dittmar said, it typically arrived in the Chesapeake Bay around Easter, where it approached boaters for food and attention.

The Facebook page was "a rare event, but it really worked well," she said. "If people would post their pics, researchers could see how far this behavior had progressed."

Stranding centers also used the Facebook page to tailor their outreach campaigns instructing boaters not to feed Dolphin 56 as it entered their waters, Dittmar said. It also helped the centers learn more about how dolphins interact with humans.

"He’s kind of a unique animal that might lend us some insight into the dolphins that are off the area," she said. "It sparks some good research questions."

Thurman said Dolphin 56’s ease with people is also troubling.

"He definitely had risky, albeit friendly and sociable, behavior," she said. "Not every person a dolphin comes up to is so kind."

Every time a dead dolphin washes up, Schoelkopf looks to the dorsal fin for Dolphin 56’s telltale identification stamp. The dolphin also had a unique face, caused by a fractured jaw it suffered during one of its voyages.

"It’s bent," he said. "Like a boxer who had a broken nose. It stays that way."




http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/08/dolphin_56_where_are_you.html


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: IKAT on August 04, 2012, 10:37:21 AM
Thanks for posting:

Hope he is still around. He has made many great memories for the people that came acroos him.

 t^ 56  t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: BigAl13 on August 04, 2012, 06:48:03 PM
Im still amazed by this story, so cool how far they travel every year t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on August 04, 2012, 10:05:59 PM
My Buddy... :-\  If he did pass.. he lived a great Life t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hunter 2 on August 04, 2012, 11:36:21 PM
Lets hope he turns up. t^


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: junkmansj on January 24, 2013, 08:09:59 PM
NO new info as of 1/18/13  No sightings


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Hotrod on January 24, 2013, 08:51:28 PM
I'm thinking... He has gone to The deep Blue in the sky..


Title: Re: Dolphin 56
Post by: Pfishingruven on January 24, 2013, 08:54:03 PM
Not even anything in the West Atlantic where he was last seen?

He certainly was up there in age...
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