SAN DIEGO — SeaWorld is celebrating the birth of a baby bottlenose dolphin.
The 30-pound calf was born Nov. 5 to a 29-year-old dolphin named Cascade, according to marine park officials. It is the fifth calf born to Cascade. Mother and baby are both in good health and swimming together, according to the park.
Veterinarians are monitoring the dolphins closely, but they have not determined the sex of the baby yet.
“The baby started nursing right away and that’s what we hoped for,” said Mike Hopkins, a senior animal care specialist at SeaWorld. “We expect to see the baby start to gain weight quickly because of the rich milk from mom.”
Park officials did not identify the calf’s father, but they said the birth was the result of natural breeding. SeaWorld’s breeding program also uses artificial insemination.