Posts tagged ‘calf’

June 21, 2011

Video Break: Indy's Dolphin Calf

I won’t lie, we’ve got a few more negative stories up on the block for this week so if you – like me – haven’t even yet recovered from reading about sharks being hacked apart then I think you’ll enjoy this break from reality and into cuteness brought to you by the folks at the Indianapolis Zoo, who have a brand new bottlenose dolphin calf.   The keepers got fantastic video including shots of the calf nursing underwater (see 0:54 – 0:58)!  Enjoy!

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June 4, 2011

Shedd's Newest Little Bundle

Shedd Aquarium in Chicago welcomed a tiny Pacific white-sided dolphin calf to its pools just in time for World Ocean’s Day next week! (Aquarium and zoo types call this species “Lags” as a short form of their genus name.)  The little tyke is actually quite large – about thirty pounds and three feet in length – compared to his mother.  I worked around marine mammals and cetaceans for several years in a spot that routinely had pregnant and laboring females and always missed the births.  They go pretty quick once you see those little tail flukes present themselves!  Shedd did a lovely job capturing the event on film for everyone to see.

Speaking of World Ocean’s Day, will you be anywhere near Washington, DC on June 7th?  The Smithsonian will be hosting a splash event at high noon exactly so hightail it there if you’re curious to learn more!