Baby already a pool star
By ERIN ALDERSEA
THE new star of the Pet Porpoise Pool has arrived.
Born on July 11, at 12.20am, this female bottlenose dolphin is sure to be a showstopper, with Pet Porpoise Pool business manager, Paige Sinclair, saying she is already displaying signs of a true showgirl.
"Not only are we delighted, the whole industry is delighted," she said.
Known to staff as only 'the baby', a naming competition will soon be announced with prizes such as a swim-with-the-dolphinfamily to be won.
Mother and baby are very close with lessons learnt every day. Neither of them will sleep for a period of three to four months while baby is learning how to float and breathe.
Bottlenose dolphins have a gestation period of 12 months, calves are born tail first and are about 1-1.3 metres in length. Calves suckle the fat- and protein-rich milk of their mother for up to 18 months, and eat some fish from about six months on.
There are now four dolphins living at the Pet Porpoise Pool, two females and two males, and the whole family is said to be coping well with the new addition.
Miss Sinclair said Bucky had taken on the father role and Zippy, even with a little hesitation, had embraced his role as uncle.
"Calamity takes her up and shows her off to the crowd and the males are protective of her," she said.