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.
TOP VIEW Whales swimming in aquarium
UNDERWATER SHOT Pregnant whale swims past porthole (2 shots)
SV & CU Pregnant whale swims past camera with baby emerging (3 shots)
CU Observer at porthole
UNDERWATER SHOT Afterbirth coming from whale
TOP VIEW AND CLOSE TOP VIEW Baby whale swimming with mother near surface (3 shots)
CU & TOP VIEW People around aquarium watching as baby swims beside mother (5 shots)
UNDERWATER SHOTS Baby swimming beneath mother (2 shots)
WHALES SWIMMING IN AQUARIUM: PREGNANT WHALE WITH BABY EMERGING: AFTERBIRTH: MOTHER AND BABY WHALE SWIMMING.
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Background: 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.