Shiloh, a 13-year-old bottlenose dolphin, made history yesterday when she gave birth to the first dolphin calf at the National Aquarium.
The mother went into labor shortly after 8 p.m. and the calf was born by 8:25 p.m., said Chris Andrews, director of animal husbandry. "It came up and took a breath, and it's now cruising around the pool with its mother," he said.
It will be several months before the sex of the calf is known, and it will not be named until then. The public will only see the calf on a video monitor for several weeks, Mr. Andrews said.
The amphitheater at the Marine Mammal Pavilion will be closed today and Monday to allow the mother and calf privacy and quiet, Mr. Andrews said. The marine mammal shows will resume Tuesday.