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A Dolphin is Born: VIDEO


A baby dolphin was born on Monday afternoon at Dolphin Quest, a conservation and education-dedicated park in Hawaii, and the birth was captured on video.

It's the first baby for proud dolphin mom, 12-year-old Keo. Dolphin Quest trainers were in the water during the dolphin birth to observe and comfort the new dolphin mom. Dolphins Pele (the new baby's grandmother) and Noelani (the baby's aunt) were also in the Dolphin Quest lagoon to keep Keo company.

The baby, a female calf, and mom are both well and wonderful. The baby dolphin began nursing within four hours of birth. About 50 people gathered around the Hilton's Dolphin Quest lagoon to witness the rarely-seen event. Keo was in labor for approximately one hour.

The first 30 days of a newborn dolphin's life are the most critical. Dolphin Quest trainers will continue round-the-clock watch over the pair, recording nursing and respiration rates, and making sure that Keo is well-fed and hydrated. Over that period, Keo's new baby will be introduced to the other nine dolphins at Dolphin Quest Hawaii. After the initial 30 day care period, trainers will select a name for the new baby girl.

Watch the incredible video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Thank you for posting this video. It was beautiful and I was enthralled. I felt joy and wonder.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Sep 21, 2012 8:51:05 AM

  2. I had no idea that a dolphin calf's dorsal fin (on its back) is so floppy when it's born. I guess it makes for an easier exit!
    And I think that the blood in the water comes from the immediate snapping of the umbilical cord. Great video. Thanks, Andy.

    Posted by: Robbie | Sep 21, 2012 9:14:01 AM

  3. Welcome to a life of indentured servitude in a confining tank all in the service of entertaining humans!

    Posted by: jack | Sep 21, 2012 9:44:43 AM

  4. Seriously though, why would you post something like this? I mean, yea, it's an amazing video, but these places are horrible, horrible institutions. The "conservation" aspect is nothing more than greenwashing what is a glorified Sea World park. They should not be celebrated.

    Posted by: jack | Sep 21, 2012 9:46:12 AM

  5. That was an awesome sight. Thanks for posting.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 21, 2012 10:00:06 AM

  6. omg. I thought she had two come out of here and ... lordie all i could think was 'DAMN GIRL you can birth some babies'

    happy to be male.

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 21, 2012 10:27:19 AM

  7. Shame shame! LOL How cute. :)

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 21, 2012 10:32:06 AM

  8. What's wrong with you Jack. Try living on planet Earth for sometime too.

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 21, 2012 10:39:08 AM

  9. LOL camera(persons) should just leave her alone and let her give birth in peace. This being her first time must be a delicate and emotional phase for her. Show some respect towards the Mother. :P

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 21, 2012 10:41:52 AM

  10. All dolphin lovers, make sure you, your friends and enemies (everyone!) watch the Oscar winning doc The Cove, which was banned in Japan!

    Here's the trailer:

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Sep 21, 2012 1:41:28 PM

  11. Shut up Jack. This was amazing!

    Posted by: Luke | Sep 21, 2012 2:01:18 PM

  12. Did I not say it was amazing? It's great, it's wonderful. But you people are heartless if you watch that video without questioning the type of life that baby dolphin is being born into. Dolphins were not designed for captivity or performing for people or 'swim encounters'. This industry needs to be banned.

    Posted by: jack | Sep 21, 2012 2:07:05 PM

  13. Jack- Please just sign your posts "Debbie Downer" next time. Would you rather they get scooped up in a Tuna Net?? Jeez!

    Posted by: ty | Sep 21, 2012 9:43:16 PM

  14. This was wonderful to watch!!
    But, I'll tell ya; I was there for all three of my sister's births and was literally in the same room when two of the three came shooting out of the naughty bits. And ya know, all four of them (mom included) just laid there each time.
    What laziness! They were nothing like this spectacular mother and child.

    AND @Jack unless you've seen every one of these "horrible, horrible institutions" with your own eyes you cannot be judge and jury about EVERY PLACE OUT THERE. Dolphins are extremely perceptive mammals and this mother appeared quite calm and secure with the humans in her birthing area. Mothers don't let bad animals (taking in all of the animal kingdom) near their babies, especially when they are newborn.

    Posted by: Jeff in NC | Sep 22, 2012 1:43:35 PM

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