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A tiny addition to the dolphin colony!

Published August 01, 2008

We are very excited to announce a new arrival at the National Aquarium! At approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 27 Chesapeake, a 16 year old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, gave birth to a female calf. At birth the calf was approximately 30 lbs and 2-3 feet long. Chesapeake is the daughter of Shiloh. This is Chesapeake’s third calf born at the National Aquarium. The 5 day old calf appears to be in robust health, and the trainers are cautiously optimistic about her progress.   Dolphin calves are especially fragile and not easily handled during their first two to three months of life, so trainers leave raising the calf solely to the dolphin mom. In this case, however, Chesapeake is lucky enough to have two other female dolphins in the nursing pool who can assist her with motherly duties! Shiloh, grandmother to the calf, and Jade have both spent time with the calf.  Shiloh has even helped to nurse her.  The new calf joins another youngster in the nursery pool. Foster is the youngest of the dolphin colony and will turn one year old in September. He appears curious about the new arrival, but is staying out of the way of the mom and calf for now.  Foster is spending a lot of time playing with toys, learning from the trainers and bonding with his mother, Jade.  Below is a video of her first few moments of life at the Aquarium!
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