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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 02/23/2010

National Aquarium expecting a baby dolphin

By Washington Post editors

Good news out of Baltimore today.

The National Aquarium announced that Jade, its Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphin is expecting a little bundle of joy.

Aquarium experts estimate that the dolphin will be born between now and mid-March. The aquarium's staff and 50 trained volunteers have begun dolphin pregnancy watch -- 24-hour observations to monitor Jade for signs of labor. Careful monitoring is critical because about one-third of baby dolphins -- or, rather, dolphin calves -- do not live to their first birthday. Seven members of the aquarium's dolphin colony were born at the aquarium.

By Washington Post editors  | February 23, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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