x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 29 July 2017

Dolphin born in Dubai

The mammal, whose gender is still undetermined, was delivered in a special pen at Dubai Dolphinarium.

Dolphin born at Dubai Dolphinarium.
Dolphin born at Dubai Dolphinarium.

DUBAI // The first dolphin calf has been born at Dubai Dolphinarium, it was announced this morning.

The mammal, whose gender is still undetermined, was delivered in a special pen at the tourist attraction near the Creek Park on October 10.

In the first month of life, the calf has grown by 20cm to measure 90cm long, weighing approximately 11kg.

“We monitored her health by conducting regular medical assessments throughout the whole gestation period to ensure that everything was normal,” said Alexander Zanin, Head Marine Mammal Specialist at Dubai Dolphinarium. “The delivery went without complications.”

Her mother, a 20-year-old Black Sea bottlenose dolphin known as Ksyusha, is said to be “immensely enjoying” being a parent.

“The calf constantly swims along Ksyusha’s side and follows her movements,” said Mr Zanin. “We will continue daily observations for about a year to monitor the calf’s progress.”

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