Rare dolphin hybrid born at Zhengzhou Ocean Aquarium

The dolphin family of three – the bottlenose dolphin mother, the Risso’s dolphin father, and their calf – is pictured at Zhengzhou Ocean Aquarium in Henan Province on May 19, 2024. /CFP

The dolphin family of three – the bottlenose dolphin mother, the Risso’s dolphin father, and their calf – is pictured at Zhengzhou Ocean Aquarium in Henan Province on May 19, 2024. /CFP

The Risso’s dolphin, known for its scar-covered body, is seen swimming at Zhengzhou Ocean Aquarium in Henan Province on May 19, 2024. /CFP 

The Risso’s dolphin, known for its scar-covered body, is seen swimming at Zhengzhou Ocean Aquarium in Henan Province on May 19, 2024. /CFP 

A close-up of the bottlenose dolphin mother and her hybrid calf is pictured at Zhengzhou Ocean Aquarium in Henan Province on May 19, 2024. /CFP 

A close-up of the bottlenose dolphin mother and her hybrid calf is pictured at Zhengzhou Ocean Aquarium in Henan Province on May 19, 2024. /CFP 

The newborn dolphin hybrid swims beside its bottlenose dolphin mother at Zhengzhou Ocean Aquarium in Henan Province on May 19, 2024. /CFP 

The newborn dolphin hybrid swims beside its bottlenose dolphin mother at Zhengzhou Ocean Aquarium in Henan Province on May 19, 2024. /CFP 

A newborn dolphin hybrid was seen swimming closely beside its bottlenose dolphin mother at Zhengzhou Ocean Aquarium in central China’s Henan Province. In the blue waters, a Risso’s dolphin hovered nearby, keeping a watchful eye on its unique offspring.

Born on May 18, the calf is an exceptionally rare hybrid and the first to be successfully born and thrive in Henan Province. Measuring 128 centimeters at birth, the calf’s head, mouth, dorsal fin and tail resemble those of its Risso’s dolphin father, while the rest of its body more closely resembles its bottlenose dolphin mother. The union of the two dolphins can be likened to the union of different human races, making their offspring a true hybrid of the ocean.