Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Our new baby!

Settle down!
It's not actually MY baby.
Or even a new furry one.
But everyone loves a newborn, so I couldn't help sharing the news about the arrival of Queensland's newest tourism ambassador ... a cute female Inshore Bottlenose dolphin.
Born to proud Mum Zippa, 10, at Sea World September 2, the yet-to-be-named baby is about 80 cm long,
The sweet-as-sugar calf is already suckling milk from her mummy, and is swimming strongly beside her.
Sea World Marine Mammal Trainer, Erin King - who it must be said, has one of the best jobs in the world - says the trainers are all really excited by the birth.
“On the morning of September 2, we went to check on Zippa and we were delighted to discover that she had calved overnight," says Erin.
“The calf was actually born a few weeks earlier then we were expecting – Zippa might have known that spring was in the air.”
The Sea World dolphin breeding program is one of the world’s best, and the theme park is running a naming competition in conjuction with The Today Show between September 23 and 27.
Meanwhile, Sea World visitors can see the new mum and calf in the park’s Dolphin Nursery pools located opposite the Sea Lion theatre.
The best way to see Sea World’s newest dolphin is with a VIP Pass which offers unlimited entry to Sea World, Movie World and Wet’n’Wild until June 30 2011 for $99.99.
Isn't she sweet? The newborn dolphin with proud Mumma Zippa

Staying close to her Mum

Photos courtesy of Sea World publicity


Mrs Woog said...

nothing cuter!

drx said...

Dolphins really are the cheekiest of creatures :)

Boganette said...

So cute!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Aww what's cuter than a dolphin? A baby dolphin! :P