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  • Addy Gamboa | October 21, 2015 12:00 AM ET

    The Miracle of Life at Dolphin Discovery

    The Miracle of Life at Dolphin Discovery

    PHOTO: Baby dolphin in the womb. (All photos courtesy Dolphin Discovery)

    Visiting Dolphin Discovery Cozumel is a wonderful experience; this natural environment dolphinarium catches your eye from the moment you walk in. It is the largest dolphinarium in Latin America, and it is home not only to dolphins but to sea lions and manatees as well -- just imagine the view. But my trip to Dolphin Discovery Cozumel was even more spectacular as I was lucky enough to visit on a special day when a calf was born.

    Dolphin Discovery is not only about swimming with dolphins. The company has a history of commitment to nature and the preservation of marine mammal species. Miracle, Dolphin Discovery’s reproduction program, is one of the most successful in the world. Almost 100 marine mammals have been born through this program, including dolphins, manatees and sea lions. Dolphin Discovery Cozumel is home to marine mammals born in human care and also home to a rescued manatee that was one day old when authorities found him alone and asked Dolphin Discovery for help. Marine Mammal Specialists and veterinarians took care of him day and night until he was fully recovered, but that’s another beautiful story to tell.

    As I was walking down the pier, I noticed that the staff was gathered around one section of the dolphins’ habitat. I asked around, and they told me that Nala was in labor and, in no more than a few hours, we would be able to meet a newborn calf. Of course I had to stick around. As more curious people like me were trying to watch this marvelous and unique event, they put up signs so that guests would not intrude and bother the mother, so we were standing many feet away.

    Veterinarians and marine mammal specialists were walking around encouraging the new mother and counting her breaths. Nala just swam fast and repeatedly in circles and jumped once in a while. Suddenly, a little tail was seen under the water but Nala just kept swimming and swimming. Little by little, the baby dolphin showed more of itself until it was completely out in the water. Everyone in the audience clapped with excitement and right away, the veterinarians and marine mammal specialists began their observations and analysis to ensure the mother and baby’s well-being. Immediately it came up for air assisted by the mother and right after that it went back under water to feed from its mom. Calves lactate for about 18 months and begin eating fish around the sixth month.

    Nala seemed tired, after a 12-month pregnancy and hours of labor she sure was. Anyway, this didn’t stop her from looking out for her baby from the first minute. They both swam together very fast and in circles. This is a routine that mothers and babies follow, and it means they are both perfectly healthy. They will keep up this rhythm for several weeks. Nala will get almost no sleep at all for days. She needs to make sure that her newborn lactates properly, breaths and learns how to swim close to her.

    The baby dolphin measures around 3.2 feet. It is dark grey in color and as cute as can be. Veterinarians won’t know its gender for a few months. It now needs to rest peacefully by its mother. Watching a baby dolphin’s birth was one of the most incredible things I have ever witnessed. Nature is so perfect and amazing. Events such as this teach us that we should respect life and care for our planet.

    Dolphin Discovery keeps on surprising me, Miracle is a fabulous way to preserve our species and teach guests on the importance of environmental care. I will never forget this experience.


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Addy Gamboa Dolphin Discovery, Home of the Most Loved Dolphins

Addy Gamboa Addy Gamboa is Corporate Marketing Manager of Dolphin Discovery, the biggest Dolphin Company in the world and the largest Park operator in Latin America. She is in charge of marketing strategies, publicity and branding of the company’s 16 dolphinariums, located in 6 different countries, along with 5 other brands of Dolphin Discovery Group.
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