Happy Birthday YouTube Star Lehua! Dolphin Quest Hawaii’s First Second-Generation Dolphin Calf Celebrates 1st Birthday

Lehua the dolphin celebrated her one-year birthday Tuesday (September 17, 2013) at Dolphin Quest Hawaii, located at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

My son swimming with one of the dolphins at Dolphin Quest Hawaii

My son swimming with one of the dolphins at Dolphin Quest Hawaii

Last year, Lehua’s incredible birth video touched the hearts and minds of millions after debuting on YouTube.

The crystal clear underwater footage documented the fascinating first moments of the young calf’s life. Lehua’s mom, Keo, was also born at Dolphin Quest Hawaii, making Lehua Dolphin Quest’s first second-generation calf.

Dolphin Quest Hawaii trainers and some lucky young guests joined in Lehua’s birthday fun and festivities on Tuesday. Lehua was greeted with a chorus of “Happy Birthday”, and a delicious birthday treat. The adorable kids who participated in the event had the opportunity to meet young Lehua while learning about dolphins and ocean conservation. Video of Lehua’s birthday celebration can be seen on Dolphin Quest’s YouTube channel and on their Facebook page in a segment called the “Dolphin Calf Chronicles”.

“Lehua is an amazing ambassador, inspiring guests from all over the world to be passionate about dolphins and their ocean environment,” says Lauren Prutow-McKenna, senior dolphin trainer at Dolphin Quest.

According to Tim Murphy, General Manager of Dolphin Quest Hawaii, “Lehua’s birthday is not only a celebration of an incredible dolphin, but it is also a testament to the top-notch animal and veterinary caretakers who ensure that all of our dolphins are well-loved and well-cared for at Dolphin Quest.”

Residents of Hawaii and military personnel who would like to wish Lehua “Happy Birthday” in person can enjoy a special 15% discount on select dolphin interaction programs through the end of the year. Reservations can be made by calling Dolphin Quest or visiting the Dolphin Quest Web site.

Dolphin Quest is an international organization known for its creative approach to education, its commitment to ocean wildlife research, its exemplary animal health care and its successful breeding programs. The innovative encounter programs featured at the Dolphin Quest locations in Hawaii and Bermuda promote a spirit of connection to the marvels of the oceans.

For more information, visit: www.dolphinquest.com or www.facebook.com/dolphinquest.

Dolphin Quest at Hilton Waikoloa Village Announces Dolphin Baby Naming Contest!

Dolphin Quest is inviting dolphin friends and fans to help us name our three newest baby dolphins, born at Dolphin Quest Hawaii, located at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island. Moms Keo, Kona and Pele and their calves are all healthy and doing fine.

My son swimming with one of the dolphins at Dolphin Quest Hawaii

Dolphin baby name suggestions can be submitted in person at Dolphin Quest Hawaii or online. The latest updates and photos of the moms and calves can be found on the Dolphin Quest Facebook page.

For more information click here: Help Us Name the Three New Baby Dolphins

And once again… here is the incredible footage of one of the dolphins being born recently:

Dolphin Trainer Talks About Being in Water While Dolphin Gives Birth

Well the Dolphin Quest video of the birth of the dolphin has now gone viral on youtube with over 700,000 views and climbing each day.

Julie Rocho-Levine

The dolphin trainer that was with Keo during her labor, Julie Rocho-Levine, talks about the time she spent with her before she gave birth.

New Baby Dolphin Named at the Hilton Waikoloa… Dolphin Pregnancies Studied

The baby dolphin boy that was born on August 20th at the Dolphin Quest Village at the Hilton Waikoloa Village has been given a name.

Ipo swims next to her mother Iwa

After a contest to name the Dolphin where folks submitted names they thought would be appropriate, the name that was selected is “Ipo” or Hawaiian for “Sweetheart”.

Ipo and Iwa (Photo by DolphinQuest Hawaii)

In other news, while Ipo’s mother was pregnant, she was being studied regarding her pregnancy:

…Shawn Noren from the Institute of Marine Science, University of California Santa Cruz, joined a pod of dolphins at Dolphin Quest, Hawaii, just before two of the females gave birth.

She analyzed the impact of pregnancy on the animals’ streamlined shape and mobility.

“The pregnant females had huge protrusions where the fetus was sitting towards the back end of the body,” said Noren, who donned Scuba gear and spent a large portion of the final fortnight of the dolphins’ pregnancies filming under water as they swam parallel to her camera between their trainers.

Noren also filmed the dolphin mothers immediately after their calves were born and at regular intervals until the calves were 2 years old…

I think this study is pretty similar to humans as I know most pregnant ladies also tend to slow down a bit!