A bottlenose dolphin calf has been born at SeaWorld, the 80th such birth of a dolphin at the San Diego park.
After a 12-month gestation period, the calf was born at 3:32 p.m. Saturday at the park’s Dolphin Stadium, weighing about 30 pounds.
Park workers said the calf’s gender will be determined in the coming weeks.
“We’re guessing it’s a girl,” said Wendy Ramirez, assistant curator of animal training at the park.
The mama, Sadie, and calf appear to be in good health and the baby has spent the past couple days nursing and swimming with its mother.
This is the second calf for Sadie, a 13-year-old bottlenose dolphin. Her first calf, Kailani Koa, was born in 2009.
Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphin calf can do so by checking out a short “baby presentation” of the calf at Dolphin Stadium. The shows runs regularly and will be in lieu of the usual “Blue Horizons” show.
The baby has yet to be named, and park officials want to open up the naming process to the public. Trainers are voting on finalist names and then will post options on SeaWorld’s Facebook page, where you can vote.