Morning Thrill Seekers,
Exciting news from Discovery Cove today who have confirmed that on the 30th November 2012 the park welcomed in its newest member, a 3.5 foot-long, 35-pound female dolphin.
What makes this calf super special is the fact it becomes the first dolphin born at Discovery Cove via the use of “sperm-sexing” research. Sperm Sexing involves separating sperm carrying a female-producing X chromosome from sperm carrying a male-producing Y chromosome.
Discovery Cove wrote on their own blog
This scientific advancement affords Discovery Cove the opportunity to manage its species’ genetic diversity and social environment. Scientists at the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Reproductive Research Center in San Diego, Calif., pioneered the ability to preferentially produce female or male dolphin offspring though sperm-sexing and artificial insemination. This recent birth represents the 15th dolphin calf produced worldwide using sex pre-selection technology.
Reports suggest the calf is doing well and is continuing to develop, nurse and bond with its mother.
The yet unnamed calf becomes the 25th dolphin born at Discovery Cove since the park opened in 2000. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment who own Discovery Cove are noted as operating one of the most successful breeding programs in the World.
What name would you give a Dolphin?