Dolphin Quest Hawaii is excited to announce the birth of a calf to Pele, a 25 year old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Pele delivered a female calf on August 5, 2010, at 4:09 p.m. Both mother and calf are doing great. Dolphin Quest Hawaii is located at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island.
“We are elated to welcome Pele’s calf to the family”, said Michelle Campbell, Director of Marine Animals for Dolphin Quest. “Both baby and mother are healthy, and active, and the maternal bond is clearly evident.”
Pele has three other babies in the Dolphin Quest family. Pele is mother to daughter Keo, born in 2000, son Makana, born in November 2003, and son Hua, born on Easter morning in 2008.
The first few months of a young dolphin’s life are critical, as babies learn to nurse and mothers and calves establish nurturing bonds. Dolphin Quest’s marine mammal specialists will be monitoring Pele and her calf on a 24-hour basis for the next several weeks.