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Orca Born At SeaWorld

Above: A baby killer whale swims with another whale at SeaWorld San Diego, Feb. 14, 2013.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) -- An Orca calf was born at SeaWorld San Diego today, the theme park reported.

The young killer whale was born at 6:33 a.m. at Shamu Stadium and appears to be healthy, according to SeaWorld. The mother is Kasatka, estimated to be about 37 years old, which went through about one hour of labor.

The calf is the sixth to be born at SeaWorld, which now has 10 killer whales.

The newborn weighs between 300 and 350 pounds and is around 6 or 7 feet long, according to park officials. It hasn't been determined whether it's male or female.

The calf instinctively swam to the surface to take its first breath after it was born. SeaWorld said zoological team members report the mother and offspring appear to be healthy, but the first few days will be critical.

Orcas have an 18-month gestation period.

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Crolley40 | February 15, 2013 at 2:21 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

The baby's gonna need plenty of sleep..nod! Now is this article some deliberate neutralizing tactic appealing to public emotion that certainly positive things do occur at Sea World? I hope the baby feel happy and safe near its mother's side, but.. this still does not de legitamize the concern regarding their captivity within these confinements. I don't know..for sake of children's education & public entertainment? As people act more like from their own figuring out and judgement, America has less say to other whaling interests for display, research, or whatever..

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