SeaWorld celebrates birth of bottlenose dolphin

SeaWorld celebrates birth of bottlenose dolphin

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SeaWorld celebrates birth of bottlenose dolphin

SeaWorld in San Diego is celebrating the birth of a bottlenose dolphin that appears destined to become one of the most popular attractions in the Dolphin Amphitheater exhibit.

The 40-pound calf was born Monday to Melanie, now a 29-year-old bottlenose dolphin mother of three.

Melanie gave birth at 4:37 p.m., after a 12-month gestation period, and “mom and baby have been swimming, bonding, and nursing since the birth,” SeaWorld stated Tuesday. (The video posted below shows the birth.)

The facility planned a public presentation Wednesday to officially welcome the new calf.

Its gender will be determined through DNA testing over the next couple of weeks, but the calf is said to be in good health.

“All last night we watched the baby closely. [It’s] swimming strongly, nursing a ton, and Melanie is doing excellent,” Brian Rokeach, senior dolphin trainer at SeaWorld, told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday. “We couldn’t be more excited.”

Melanie, who weighs about 700 pounds, gave birth to her first calf, later named Griffith, in 1998. Her second calf, Madison, was born in 2000.

The new calf does not yet have a name.

The Union-Tribune reports that 82 dolphin calves have been born at SeaWorld since the facility opened 54 years ago.

–Images are courtesy of SeaWorld

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