• Short Summary

    A whale, believed to be the first ever born in captivity, was delivered this month (April) at an aquarium in Toba, about 200 miles (320 kms) southwest of Tokyo.

  • Description

    A whale, believed to be the first ever born in captivity, was delivered this month (April) at an aquarium in Toba, about 200 miles (320 kms) southwest of Tokyo.

    It was born to a finless black whale (Indian porpoise), the world's smallest species, and was approximately three feet (90 cms) long.

    The mother, one of 13 of the species kept in the Toba aquarium, is under six fee (180 cms) long. She normally weighs 132 lbs (60 kgs) but was up to 176 lbs (80 kgs) towards the end of her pregnancy.

    There was no effort on the part of her keepers to breed her. They realised that she was pregnant only when she began putting on weight. Of the other 12 finless blacks in the aquarium, 10 are males.

    The baby is doing well, swimming strongly and drinking its mother's milk every 30 minutes.

    Several scientists were present during the birth and carefully recorded the 90-minute labour. The baby weighed 15 1/2 lbs (7 kgs) at birth.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4JIM5OPY98N0PQOZCSJLSOY1K
    Media URN:
    VLVA4JIM5OPY98N0PQOZCSJLSOY1K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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