The beautiful scene the mommy dolphin giving birth makes the viewers can not stop looking at her.
As marine mammals, dolphins gestate live young and give birth to live calves that are prepared to breathe and swim shortly after birth. Gestation periods vary for different dolphin species; bottlenose dolphins gestate their young for 12 months, while spinner dolphins give birth after 11 months.
Typically, dolphins give birth to only one baby at a time. According to the University of Utah, a healthy adult female bottlenose dolphin will have one calf every 2 – 4 years. Otherwise, spinner dolphins have one calf every two years, according to Texas Tech University.
Many dolphin species engage in mating in months in summer; because gestation periods are about a year, most of baby dolphins are born in the summertime. After giving birth, mothers take care of their young calves. The baby dolphin will then swim with their mothers.
Though mothers may not take care of their babies for the whole duration, most baby dolphins will stay with their mothers for 3 to 6 years. Newborns are small, usually three or four feet long, and they measure 8 to 12 feet once fully grown.