Welcome New Baby!
The Dolphin Research Center family is delighted to announce the birth of Pandora's calf. The little one arrived at 6:47 a.m. on Saturday, February 21st. An experienced mother, Pandora showed her new bundle of flipper joy how to chin-slap breathe. For this, the baby brings its entire head up which ensures that the blow hole is out of the water. The calf is strongly swimming around in its mom's slipstream.
The father is a male at SeaWorld named Pacino.
Pandora is eating well, taking in more pounds of fish per day than with her regular diet. The baby will nurse about every 20 minutes, so Pandora needs those extra calories in order to produce rich milk.
We don't know the gender yet and won't name the calf until we can confirm whether it is male or female. This also gives us some time to see a little more of its "dolphinality" develop. We know that you join us in hoping that the calf grows and thrives. We'll keep you posted on its progress.