By: Francisco Mejia
Chicago's Shedd Aquarium recently announced the gender of a new Pacific white-sided dolphin calf born June 1: it's a boy! This spirited calf has already accomplished numerous milestones that are vital to a young calf's first days; from taking his first breath seconds after birth, to bonding with his mother and learning how to slipstream, which is a swimming technique that helps a calf save energy by swimming in its mothers wake.
This marks the second pregnancy for the aquarium's 27-year-old female dolphin, Piquet. The first calf Sagu, born in 2012, is doing well and flourishing at the Shedd Aquarium.
The new calf has weighed in at about 25-30 pounds and is 3 feet long. Experts and veterinarians will continue to monitor the calf and his mother during this critical first period, and they will be away from the public for the time being. For updates, check out Shedd's website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
To learn more about dolphins, go to our Ultimate Guide to Dolphins or view the videos below: