MARINELAND, FLA. (September 2, 2015) - On Wednesday, September 2, one of Marineland Dolphin Adventure’s resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, Shaka, gave birth to a calf. Shortly after birth, the calf took its first breath and then began to swim with its mother. Both mom and calf are doing well, and Marineland animal care and training teams will continue to monitor the pair. The calf’s gender will be determined in the near future.

“This is a critically important time period in the life of a newborn dolphin. At this time we consider the prognosis guarded until certain milestones are met,” said Gregory Bossart, V.M.D., Ph.D., chief veterinary officer and senior vice president of Georgia Aquarium, Inc. The animal care team is giving around-the-clock care to Shaka and her calf, taking every measure possible to support both of them.

“I’m extremely proud of the passionate, dedicated and unrivaled care that our experts have given and will continue to give Shaka, her calf and the other dolphins in our care as we work through this critical time, “said Kurt Allen, general manager and vice president of Marineland Dolphin Adventure.

Marineland Dolphin Adventure is accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) and has the longest-standing dolphin breeding program of any aquarium or zoo. In fact, the first successful dolphin birth in a human care environment took place at Marineland in 1947.

Updates about Shaka and her calf can be found on and Georgia Aquarium’s newsroom.  


For a fact sheet on Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, visit

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Jessica Fontana

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Marineland Dolphin Adventure’s goal is to utilize interactive educational experiences to inspire visitors to value and respect marine mammals and their environment. Located south of St. Augustine, Florida, Marineland Dolphin Adventure opened in 1938 as Marine Studios and marked its 75th anniversary celebration in 2013. In addition to its status as one of Florida’s first and most beloved attractions, the park also pioneered marine science studies, animal training and water chemistry, and is known for establishing the world’s first successful dolphin breeding program. At today’s modern facility, the focus is on intimate, unhurried dolphin interactions, swimming with dolphins and a variety of engaging dolphin encounters. Marineland Dolphin Adventure also hosts memorable oceanside events. Marineland Dolphin Adventure is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit and is affiliate of Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit  


Georgia Aquarium, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that encompasses Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Marineland Dolphin Adventure and Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station in Marineland, Fla.  The mission of Georgia Aquarium, Inc. is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific organization featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offering engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. For additional information, visit