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RWS' Dolphin Island welcomes new dolphin calf

By inSing EditorEvents - 15 April 2015 12:45 PM | Updated 2:16 PM

RWS' Dolphin Island welcomes new dolphin calf

40 students from Kranji Primary School welcomed Resorts World Sentosa's (RWS) Dolphin Island's newest addition on Wednesday (15 April 2015).

The new female dolphin was born on Dec 17, 2014, RWS said.

The four-month old calf was born to mother Tian Tang, and has not yet been named.

Both mother and female calf "are doing well" and being monitored by Dolphin Island's veterinary staff and marine mammal team, said RWS, adding that the calf has been slowly introduced to other dolphins and the trainers.



Underwater shot of the dolphin calf and mother Tian Tang | Photo: RWS

The students were participants of Dolphin Matters, a one-hour "learning journey" where students learn more about how dolphins behave and reproduce, as well as environmental effects on the mammals.

"The students got a pleasant surprise when they saw the calf swimming in the lagoon,” said Mdm Rufaidah Ismail, HOD of Science at Kranji Primary School. “They are really happy to be the first ones seeing the calf and it has helped make classroom learning come to life for them."

From now until 30 Jun, participants of all of Dolphin Island's interaction programmes will get to suggest names for the calf, as well as catch a glimpse of it.

SAVE THE IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN PROJECT TO START

Dolphin Island also announced that the first phase of its "Save the Irrawaddy Dolphin" project will commence later this month.  

The week-long rapid population assessment will be conducted at Thailand’s Songkhla Lake where little is known about its population, which is under threat from environmental degradation and lake vessel encroachment, said RWS.

New dolphin calf (left) swimming with her mother Tian Tang | Photo: RWS

Dolphin Island will be sending a two-man team, led by Chief Veterinarian, Dr Alfonso Lopez, said RWS. They will work alongside researchers from Chulalongkorn University Thailand, led by investigator Dr Nantarika Chansue, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, as well as officials from Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.

The team will be publishing updates from the project at www.dolphinisland.rwsentosablog.com, and the report on initial findings is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2015.

"This marks the first marine mammal field research project for the research team at Dolphin Island," said Mr Robin Friday, CEO of Ocean Embassy and Wildlife International Network, who is also an advisor on this project. "I am confident that such research initiatives will continue to be accomplished in partnership with scientific counterparts in Southeast Asia, contributing their collective expertise in furthering conservation and sustainability of marine mammals within the region.”

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