I always feel like I’ve entered a magical world when I walk into an aquarium. See the beautiful species of fishes and aquatic animals swimming around, resplendent in their colorful coats, happily meandering in their own watery world.
It gives me peace of mind and calms me down. I don’t know about you – but do you also feel a sense of calm when you’re in an aquarium? Well, the Shedd Aquarium welcomed their newest member on April 18th, 2016 after 3 hours of labour! I never thought about how animals give birth in water and this was really enlightening for me. Katrl, the mama dolphin kept swimming around while in labour as awed spectators watch her give birth.
Not only that, I loved the way the mama dolphin cuddled up with her little one the minute he was born. The baby dolphin immediately flexed his fins and started swimming, heading to the surface before plunging into the water to explore his new found freedom and abilities. Watch how Katrl keeps a close eye on her little one, just like human mamas.
This birth is particularly significant as there are only 16 Pacific white-sided dolphins in reputable North American zoological facilities today, which makes Katrl’s baby a valued addition to the meager, but growing population of Pacific white-sided dolphins. This underwater birth also provided the marine community to better understand the reproductive and neonatal behaviours of this species.
Well, hurrah for a new baby and what a great opportunity to study these beautiful, gentle and friendly creatures. Have you visited the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago? What are your thoughts on this beautiful video? Write in and let us know in the comments section below.
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