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Dolphin Reproduction

The dolphin gestation period varies per species; it can range from 9 to 17 months. The female gives birth to one calf; twins are very rare. When a baby dolphin is born, it raises to the surface of the water with the help of its mother for its first breath.

The dolphin calf suckles from its mother for up to 4 years. The calf will stay with the mother dolphin until it is between 3 and 8 years old.