A baby Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin was early Thursday morning at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City. The proud mother, Sandy gave birth at 3:33 a.m. The father of the calf was an 18-year-old bottlenose dolphin on breading loan from Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.
Staff monitored the expectant mother since the beginning stages of labor which started on Wednesday about 10 p.m. Our park guests were amazed to find that during the dolphin show today they were able to see the new born calf and watch it nurse.
Gulf World’s Veterinarian and marine mammal staff will monitor the dolphins closely for the next few weeks. The data collected during this period will be used in future research and education projects.