Posts Tagged 'dolphin calf'

Happy birthday, Bayley!

Today our youngest dolphin, Bayley, turns 2 years old! Bayley is the daughter of Chesapeake and Chinook. 

In between training sessions and shows, you can often see her chasing and playing with 3-year-old Foster, investigating new toys, or just resting and swimming under her mom, Chesapeake.

We have also seen Bayley blow bubbles underwater and play with them! They are in the form of rings or even long lines, which we call “bubble snakes,” which she chases and bites at.

Bayley is extremely energetic and eager to learn new things. She just recently learned the “high jump” behavior, in which the dolphin jumps up and touches a buoy suspended in the air. With her small size, Bayley only jumps about 10 feet out of the water right now, but as she grows bigger and stronger, she’ll be able to hit the buoy almost 20 feet in the air, like her big sister Maya!

Look for Bayley and her high jump in our show, Our Ocean Planet.

In lieu of presents, you can TXT the word ACT to 20222 to give Bayley a gift! Your $5 donation will support the care and feeding of Bayley and her 16,000 aquatic friends at the Aquarium.

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.

Continue reading ‘A new arrival in the dolphin pool!’

Help name our dolphin calf

The presidential election has come and gone, but the National Aquarium still needs your vote! The newest addition to the dolphin colony is now 3 months old and we are calling on the public to choose her name. Aquarium trainers and voluteers have narrowed the choices to 5 names that relate to Maryland, and fit well with the young calf’s developing personality:momcalf-blog

Bayley – after her mother, Chesapeake, and the Bay
Calli – after Callinectes, the genus of the blue crab, and Cal Ripken
Charm – because she lives in Charm City
Hanna – after the Susquehanna River
Sassafras – after the Sassafras River

Through a partnership with WBAL-TV, you can vote for your choice on http://aqua.org/dolphins/, or by texting the letter “A” for Bayley, “B” for Calli, “C” for Charm, “D” for Hanna, or “E” for Sassafras to 88509. (standard text messaging rates apply)

Voting will close at 11:59 pm on November 20. The winning name will be announced on Saturday, November 22 during a live broadcast on WBAL-TV from the dolphin pools!


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