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It’s a girl!

After a week of close observations of the new dolphin calf, our trainers have confirmed that it’s a girl!

Wondering how they can distinguish a male from a female? Even though male and female genitalia of dolphins are internal, it’s fairly easy to determine the sex externally. Males have two separate slits, or grooves on their underside. They lie in line with each other in a way that resemble an exclamation point. Females only have one slit or groove and a mammary slit on either side, which produce milk when they are reproductively mature. A female’s underside resembles more of a division sign.

The trainers and animal care staff have had little interaction with the calf since birth. She is particularly strong, and a fast swimmer so it took about a week for them to get a good look at her underside through the observation windows.

She continues to swim with her mom, Jade, and Shiloh, and seems to be adjusting well to her surroundings.

The Amphitheater has re-opened and visitors are invited in to enjoy quiet dolphin shows, and may catch a glimpse of the baby as she surfaces with her mother for a breath of air.

A new arrival in the dolphin pool!

After months of close observation and careful preparation, our animal care staff and volunteers are happy to annouce the arrival of Jade’s calf! At approximately 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, Jade gave birth to her second calf. At birth the calf was approximately 30 lbs. and 2-3 feet long. The sex of the calf is undetermined at this time.

The calf is very alert and strong, and appears to be healthy. It has been swimming along alongside Jade and Shiloh, a 31-year-old experienced mother, taking synchronized breaths with Jade, and has started to nurse.

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