Baby dolphins, or calves, are born after gestation periods of up to 12 months in the mother's womb. Calves begin swimming in the mother's womb as early as 9 weeks into the pregnancy. When baby dolphins are born, they come out of the mother's womb tail first and immediately swim to the surface to breath air.Continue Reading
Calves are between 3 to 5 feet in length at birth, and weigh between 22 and 44 pounds. Baby dolphins are born with hair on their upper jaws, which falls out shortly after birth. Their dorsal fins and tail flukes are flexible for a few days after birth, but these structures gradually stiffen. Fetal folding lines, markings that look like stripes on baby dolphins, disappear after 6 months.
Like other mammals, dolphin calves nurse their mother's milk for about 12 to 18 months. After calves are weaned, the mother teaches her young how to hunt for food. Mothers care for their young for between 3 and 6 years.
Calves are born at any time of year, depending upon the location of dolphins in warm waters. Dolphins along the coast of Florida are born in late spring, early summer and early autumn. Along the coast of southern California, dolphins are born in the fall.Learn more about Marine Life
Baby dolphins are called calves. Female dolphins are called cows, and males are called bulls. A mother dolphin forms a strong bond with its calf, and a dolphin calf usually stays with its mother for three to six years.Full Answer >
NBC News states that a baby can generally survive in the womb for up to 24 hours without risking infection after the mother's water breaks. However, the Daily Mail reports a case in which a woman's water broke prematurely at 16 weeks, and yet the baby survived and was carried to term.Full Answer >
Baby whales, or calves, are nursed by their mothers by either using their tongues to latch onto their mother's nipple or allowing the milk to be injected into their mouths as they float unattached next to the nipple. Calves are unable to search for their own food and rely upon their mothers' milk to survive.Full Answer >
Wild dolphins usually live for between 25 to 30 years, while dolphins in captivity live to be around 40 years old on average. Few dolphins in the wild die of old age.Full Answer >