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Once-In-A-Lifetime Moment Captured On Tape

It's always amazing to see how our world works. Nature is so fascinating, but we rarely get the chance to view it up close and in depth.

The most mysterious aspect of our world is the ocean. The underwater world is something we have a lot of knowledge about, but it's just the tip of the iceberg compared to how much there is left to learn.

What we DO know, is that dolphins are very interesting mammals. They are often compared to dogs in terms of their friendliness and attitude.

Because dolphins are mammals, they give birth to live calves, as opposed to fish who lay eggs. Dolphins ovulate spontaneously anywhere from one to six times a year. It can be stimulated by the presence of a male dolphin or the loss of a calf. Dolphins are not monogamous by any stretch, and the males will "herd" females to give them options.

Dolphin gestation lasts 12 months, and the fetus remains folded against its own body until the mother gives birth. The tail and dorsal fin of the baby stay soft until after birth to allow an easy birth for both mother and baby.

We know a decent amount about how dolphins conceive and their life cycle, but actually seeing dolphins give birth is pretty rare.

YouTube user Arie Albers captured a dolphin giving birth on video and it's such an incredible sight. Take a look!

Have you ever seen anything like this? Let us know in the comments!

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