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How big are dolphins when they are born?

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Baby dolphins, or calves, are approximately 3.8 feet long and weigh around 40 pounds. Baby dolphins gestate for a period between 9 and 17 months, depending on the species. Calves are born live in shallow water and quickly taken to the surface for their first breath.

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How big are dolphins when they are born?
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Female dolphins generally birth one calf at a time, and twin births are very rare. Calves nurse anywhere from several months to two years; however, calves do eat some fish during this time, and as they grow, they learn how to hunt for food. After weaning, a calf stays with its mother for three to eight years and generally continues to live in the same dolphin family as its mother, aunts and grandmother.

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