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SeaWorld San Diego celebrates birth of 2 bottlenose dolphins

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 20:41:49-04

CALIFORNIA (KTNV) — SeaWorld in San Diego is celebrating the birth of two bottlenose dolphins at its park this week.

One of the births happened at 3:50 p.m. on Oct. 16 and the other Oct. 17 at 1:14 a.m. to mothers Malibu and Maggie.

The two are continually being monitored by veterinarians but appear to be in good health and are swimming together and bonding with their mothers, according to park experts.

This was Malibu's second calf, as she had her first back in 2009 at the park, while Thursday's birth was Maggie's first calf.

As with any animal birth, SeaWorld representatives said the first few days are critical and vets will monitor the mothers and babies around the clock - documenting respiration and nursing frequency.

The calves are estimated to weigh approximately 40 pounds.

The genders will be determined in the coming weeks, according to SeaWorld.