Gulf World Marine Park is proud to announce the birth of a male Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.
At 7:06 a.m on Tuesday, Sandy, a 24 year-old Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin gave birth after a 12-month gestational period. Sandy and her calf is presently housed with Luna, the Mother’s 4 year-old daughter, and another young female Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin named Indy.
Gulf World’s Veterinarian and marine mammal staff monitored the pregnancy throughout its term, via ultrasound.
The calf nurses frequently and can be seen drifting in the safety of his mother’s slipstream. Dolphin calves nurse for up to two years and can begin supplementing their diets with fish as early as 6 months of age.