Miami Seaquarium Celebrates Baby Boom
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There’s a baby boom taking place at South Florida tourist attraction the Miami Seaquarium.
The popular marine theme park showed off the newest addition to the Top Deck tank, a baby dolphin.
Mom, named Panama, gave birth to the female dolphin calf on April 11th. On average a dolphin calf will weigh anywhere between 35-45 lbs. and is 3 ½ to 4 feet long. This is Panama’s fourth birth. She is 20-years old.
So what is the baby dolphin’s name?
That’s where you come in. The park has launched a Facebook contest to name the dolphin calf.
Fans can choose one of four possible names: Fiji, Bali, Sanibel or Calypso. Cast your vote on the park’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MiamiSeaquarium.
Voting deadline is May 7th.
The dolphin calf isn’t the only newborn spreading its fins at the Seaquarium.
Other additions to the park’s family include the birth of six baby cownose sting rays and 50 baby octopi.
The first of the six cownose stingrays was born on March 17th. According to the Seaquarium, it was probably premature but doing well. The final baby was born on April 20th. Cownose stingrays can live to be 30-years old.
The baby octupi were born on March 29th and 30th from a string of eggs laid by its mother. Originally, there were about 150 born but 50 remain.
Also, an orphan baby manatee named Cadbury arrived at the park on April 9th for rehabilitation. The male manatee was rescued from the Ocean Reef Resort in Key Largo after he was observed for two days without his mother or any other manatees.