Sea World's Youngest Dolphin Khethiwe Turns 3
Khethiwe, the youngest dolphin at uShaka Sea World was born shortly after midnight on the 25th November 2008 amid thunderous applause from the staff who had gathered around the maternity pool in anticipation of her arrival.
Her birth was captured on film which was a first for Sea World.
Khethiwe is a most remarkable little dolphin who decided a long time ago that she just wasn't going to make a public appearance until she was ready to do so. So she has remained out of the main show pool for the past two years and only occasionally peeped round the corner at the audience then quickly darted back. Her mom Frodo, trainers and guests to Sea World have just had to wait patiently as no amount of coaxing into the show pool could interest her.
This was, until yesterday, the day before her birthday, when she came out into the main pool with mom, Frodo and dad, Gambit for the first time. She is a playful, inquisitive and independent dolphin and now that she knows the show pool (with lots of humans making noise) is not only safe but can also be fun, she is making appearances in all the shows.
We celebrated her birthday today with loads of school children who sang happy birthday to her and a birthday cake made of ice and jelly.