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World's First 'Wholphin'

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http://beta.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050415/a...rth_6&printer=1

Whale-Dolphin Hybrid Has Baby Wholphin By JEANNETTE J. LEE, Associated Press Writer

1 hour, 18 minutes ago

The only whale-dolphin mix in captivity has given birth to a playful female calf, officials at Sea Life Park Hawaii said Thursday.

The calf was born on Dec. 23 to Kekaimalu, a mix of a false killer whale and an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Park officials said they waited to announce the birth until now because of recent changes in ownership and operations at the park.

The young as-yet unnamed wholphin is one-fourth false killer whale and three-fourths Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Her slick skin is an even blend of a dolphin's light gray and the black coloring of a false killer whale.

The calf still depends fully on her mother's milk, but sometimes snatches frozen capelin from the hands of trainers, then toys with the sardine-like fish.

She is jumbo-sized compared to purebred dolphins, and is already the size of a one-year-old bottlenose.

"Mother and calf are doing very well," said Dr. Renato Lenzi, general manager of Sea Life Park by Dolphin Discovery. "We are monitoring them very closely to ensure the best care for them."

Although false killer whales and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are different species, they are classified within the same family by scientists.

"They are not that far apart in terms of taxonomy," said Louis Herman, a leading expert in the study of marine mammals.

There have been reports of wholphins in the wild, he said.

Kekaimalu, whose name means "from the peaceful ocean," was born 19 years ago after a surprise coupling between a 14-foot, 2,000-pound false killer whale and a 6-foot, 400-pound dolphin. The animals were the leads in the park's popular tourist water show, featured in the Adam Sandler movie "50 First Dates."

Kekaimalu has given birth to two other calves. One lived for nine years and the other, born when Kekaimalu was very young, died a few days after birth.

Park researchers suspect the wholphin's father is a 15-foot long Atlantic bottlenose dolphin named Mikioi.

"He seems to be totally oblivious to this happening," Lenzi said.

False killer whales do not closely resemble killer whales. They grow to 20 feet, weigh up to two tons and have a tapering, rounded snout that overhangs their toothed jaw.

Atlantic bottlenose dolphins reach a maximum size of 12 feet and can weigh up to 700 pounds.

Sea Life Park officials said they hope to decide on a name for the baby wholphin soon and move her to a large display tank in a few months.

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_Nyx_

"""The young as-yet unnamed wholphin is one-fourth false killer whale and three-fourths Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Her slick skin is an even blend of a dolphin's light gray and the black coloring of a false killer whale."""

what's a false killer whale? huh.gif

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_Nyx_

...finished the original post.....nevermind....I need to think before I type.

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Conspiracy

i want a wholphin sad.gif

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Great Big Sea

I went on their site and I didn't find a picture of the new baby wale/Dolphin. sad.gif I wish they gave a picture for us (and everyone else) to see! Interesting though I didn't think that it was possible.

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Shivel

Thats pretty cool.

Found this picture online, looks pretty much like anyother dolphin:

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mr_halo

i found this picture...

and yes it does look similar to a normal dolphin yes.gif

innocent.gif

post-8538-1113612141.jpg

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Elfstone810

Aww! How cute! It looks like it's smirking.

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Conspiracy

theres been Wholphins before tongue.gif but this is the first i think ever breed in captivity or something

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__Kratos__

... blink.gif WHOA!

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Sofia_ Romanya

Seeing this reminded me of an article I read the other day, about a liger. Anyone else here about that?

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P4P3R T1G3R2

Interestig article thumbsup.gif . Skins dark, snouts more rounded than a regular dolphin..cool none the less, but Beluga Whales still own. tongue.gif

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Apocalyptic Cryptid

and why o they want whalfins??

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Undefined_innocence

It has more charastics of the dolphin then the whale, but you can tell the difference.. the snout is shorter and fatter, not nearly as elongated, and of course the coloring difference. Anyhow, thats awesome, i've never heard of anything like this before now.

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Wild_Woman

THats wierd.

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MadEyePixie

Squee! I wanna hug it and call it Alfred!

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MadEyePixie
Seeing this reminded me of an article I read the other day, about a liger. Anyone else here about that?

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Ligers are old news...wholphins are in now. w00t! Wholphins own.

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Panthera leo atrox

Cool. original.gif I bet this proves that the 2 species are very closely related. That would probably be called a dol-wholphin or something... rolleyes.gif

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Boo_ Boi

Thats cool thumbsup.gif

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BurnSide

Merged wholphin topics. thumbsup.gif

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Doctor_Strangelove
a mix of a false killer whale and an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin

Actually, I think a false killer whale is a porpoise, but i'm not too sure, if it is, then it would be a "polphin".

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zrina11
Seeing this reminded me of an article I read the other day, about a liger. Anyone else here about that?

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no.gif but the other day I watched some show on cloning and they showed this animal they called Rama. It was half llama and half camel. What next?

wacko.gif

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