ORLANDO, Fla (WOFL FOX 35) - Discovery Cove in Orlando has a whole new reason to celebrate dolphin awareness month this March with the birth of Skye - a 52-pound newborn dolphin.
On February 23rd, 2016 at approximately 5:36 a.m., 32-year old dolphin, Astra gave birth to this flippered bundle of joy. The newborn is a healthy 4-foot long calf that is nursing and bonding with her mother.
Skye is the 30th dolphin to be born at Discovery Cove since it opened in 2000, along with mom, she will also be joining her sisters Amara and Aries who also call Discovery Cove home.
The Discovery Cove Team is excited to welcome this new addition and is providing around-the-clock care for Astra and her new calf. The veterinary and animal care team has been observing the progress of the baby 24 hours a day, ensuring the highest level of care is being provided by monitoring her behavior, respirations and nursing.
Just this past week, the SeaWorld and Discovery Cove Veterinary Team performed their first neonatal wellness exam on the calf with mother, Astra by her side. These neonatal examinations are a crucial part of the general health care given to all animals at SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove.
About Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort where guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, rays and tropical fish, and hand-feed exotic birds.
At Discovery Cove, guests experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere. Discovery Cove is a paradise of rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers, a resort-style pool complete with waterfalls, and pristine white-sand beaches.
For three consecutive years, Discovery Cove has ranked as one of the top amusement parks and water parks in the world in the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards.