Thus far, both mother and calf appear healthy, according to the aquarium.
"To watch a dolphin be born is beautiful," said Llisa Takaki, senior director of marine mammals at the aquarium, in a statement on Shedd Aquarium's blog. "But to also see its natural instincts fully take over in a matter of seconds as it kicks its tail to propel its little body to the surface to take its first breath is overwhelmingly emotional."
The baby measures about 3 feet long and weighs 25 pounds.
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Going forward, the byword is caution.
"We're watching both animals carefully and recording their behaviors minute by minute to ensure their progress aligns with what we have seen in other successful calf births at Shedd," Takaki said.
This latest birth makes it three successful dolphin births at the aquarium and brings to 16 the count of Pacific white-sided dolphins living at aquariums in North America.
"Pacific white-sided dolphin births have never been seen in the wild," offered Shedd President and CEO Bridget Coughlin, "so it's a unique opportunity for Shedd to deepen our scientific knowledge of this species."
H/T: NH Voice