Info: Whale birth
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Killer whale born in Texas
SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A 16-year-old killer whale at Sea World
of Texas gave birth Sunday to a 400-pound, 7-foot long calf after nearly
two hours of labor closely monitored by animal care specialists.
   The baby whale, born at 7:41 a.m. CST to Haida, was the 10th killer
whale calf born at Sea World in the United States. Sea World operates a
killer whale breeding and research program.
   "We're delighted to welcome this new baby into the growing family of
Sea World killer whales," said Glenn Young, Sea World of Texas general
   "Today's birth marks the third killer whale birth at Sea World of
Texas in our seven-year history as well as another tremendous
opportunity to learn more about this fascinating species of marine
   Sea World animal care specialists remained cautiously optimistic
about the progress of the baby -- whose sex has not yet been determined --
and the mother. They will closely monitor them around the clock.
   In the wild, first-year mortality rates for killer whales run as high
as 50 percent, according to studies by researchers in British Columbia,
   Haida gave birth in Shamu Stadium's main pool after a 1 hour, 41
minute-long labor and delivery -- the shortest delivery time in the
history of Sea World's killer whale breeding program. A few minutes
later, the baby whale instinctively swam to the water's surface for its
first breath of air.
   The mother, measuring about 17 feet and weighing 5,300 pounds, has
been at Sea World of Texas since January 1993 along with her first calf,
a male who now weighs approximately 2,000 pounds.
   In addition to this calf, nine killer whales have been born and
successfully raised at Sea World parks in Orlando, Fla., San Diego,
Calif., and San Antonio. The Sea World of Texas killer whale population
is now six.