September 25, 2012

Amazing video: Dolphin gives birth to baby calf in Hawaii

A 12-year-old dolphin at a Hawaii resort has given birth to a female calf that seems to instantly recognize her mother in a video of the birth posted online.

A 12-year-old dolphin at a Hawaii resort has given birth to a female calf that seems to instantly recognize her mother in a video of the birth posted online.

Footage of last week's birth on the Big Island shows the baby dolphin's tail moments before she emerges from her mother. Once she is born, she shoots up to the water's surface to take her first breath, then quickly swims alongside her mother.

The birth occurred in a manmade lagoon at Dolphin Quest Hawaii at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, where visitors can touch and swim with the marine mammals.

Resort officials will monitor the baby around the clock for now, as its first 30 days of life are its most critical in terms of survival, said Julie Rocho-Levine, manager of marine animals for Dolphin Quest. Trainers will closely note when the baby nurses, among other things, she told The Associated Press on Monday.

Officials say it's the first calf for the mother, Keo.


"I'm a mom myself, so I feel like I was able to appreciate her just calm, relaxed nature throughout the whole entire situation," said Rocho-Levine, who was there for the birth.

"It seemed as though she (Keo) was seeking out that human companionship and finding comfort in the people she knows and spends her days with," she said.

Keo was calm enough to allow veterinarians to perform an ultrasound during labor.


Dolphin Quest officials plan to wait to name the baby until after its first month of life.

The rate of survival for babies of first-time mother dolphins in the wild is about 50 percent, Rocho-Levine said. But that rate is much higher for dolphins born with access to top-notch care from humans, she said.

Marilee Menard, executive director of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, said 70 percent of the dolphins in accredited facilities in North America were born in a zoo or aquarium.
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VIDEO Incredible Dolphin Birth at Dolphin Quest Hawaii

Responses to "Keo, Mother Dolphin, Gives Birth To Female Calf At Dolphin Quest Hawaii (VIDEO) "

  1. jennifer 1n Australia says:

    That was incredible, but i do have to wonder about all the human interference...re: close proximity..they should have left the mother to bond in peace ...

  2. Anonymous says:

    Awesome!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Life is so wonderfully beautiful.

  4. Anonymous says:

    That was one of the most beautiful things I've seen in a long time. Life is so special:-)

  5. Anonymous says:

    SO SPECIAL, HAD TO LET MY 8yold SEE SHE THOUGHT IT WAS BEAUTIFUL ASWELL

  6. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, I think Dolphins should be free and this place "Dolphin Quest" is where you can "Swim" with caged dolphins. So as beautiful as this may seem it is at the expense of captive animals who have lost their freedom. Just saying....not that beautiful if you look at it from that point.

  7. Splendid video ... my cat watched it twice with me, she was mesmerised

  8. Anonymous says:

    Awesome

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