A tiny addition to the dolphin colony!

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!


6 Responses to “A tiny addition to the dolphin colony!”

  1. 1 laxbabe21 August 1, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    I heard about the new baby dolphin on the news, can’t wait to come and see it! But I am more excited on the calf’s name I came up with an idea while sitting in front of my tv. What about Kiki (pronounced Keke)! I wasnt sure where to post my idea so I though I would start here and give it a try! I’ll keep an eye out for somewhere else to post my name but good luck with the new baby!


  2. 2 marinemammals4ever August 11, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    …sorry for the delay on the comment, hahaha needed to get a WordPress account…:)

    CONGRATS AQUA! I’m so glad that Chesapeake’s calf is thriving and well. I’ll be thinking about you guys, and I’ll be hoping that she stays in good health. Quick question: It said that this is Chessie’s 3rd calf…are the other two at the Aquarium right now? If so, what are their names? 🙂

    Again, I’m so glad that Chessie’s calf is alive and well! 🙂


  3. 3 MNZoodolphinlover August 27, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Congrats on the calf!!!!! It was so exciting seeing Chinook was the proud father too. I’m a frequent visitor of the Minnesota ZOo where Chinook used to live. He is a great dolphin and was a lot of fun to have around. We misshaving our sweet boy up here, but I’m very happy that he is getting along weel down there. I do have one question are you having a name contest for the calf???? I’d love to enter. Congrats

  4. 4 flippingflipper2000 September 24, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Congrats on the new born can’t wait to see her at the aquarium. I think a name for her should be kayleigh.

  5. 5 RP September 27, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I love baby dolphins, and Chesapeake is my favorite dolphin at the aquarium!
    Can I leave a suggestion for name? If so, here it is: Minnow. Its perfect because Minnows are a small, speedy fish that dolphin calves always remind me of. Good luck to Chessie!

  1. 1 Beach Chair Scientists and Beyond at Cephalopodcast Trackback on August 3, 2008 at 10:14 pm

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