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Monday, Dec 22, 2014

Rough-toothed Dolphin Born at Gulf World Marine Park

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Congratulations to the team at the Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach; they recently announced the birth of a male, rough-toothed dolphin at the park.

Mom Doris, gave birth to the a male calf on Friday, June 24.

Doris is an offshore dolphin rescued in 2004 on Cape San Blas after a mass stranding. Following extensive rehabilitation she was deemed un-releasable by the U.S. Government.

An unusually high number of rough-toothed dolphins stranded over the course of the last few years, from Texas to the Florida Keys. Gulf World volunteered to house all the dolphins that were deemed un-releasable and is the only facility that has them in long-term human care.

The calf’s father, Astro, is a rough-toothed dolphin stranded in 2005 off Houston. He was deemed un-releasable because of severe hearing loss and scoliosis.

The first 30 days are very critical for the calf's survival. Gulf World Marine Park’s veterinarian and marine mammal staff will monitor the dolphins 24 hours a day for the next few weeks.

Insider Tip: The park is located across the street from the beach and your park admission allows you to come and go throughout the day. Visit the park in the morning and then make their way to the beach in the afternoon.

If you go:
Gulf World Marine Park
15412 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, Fla 32413

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