Dolphins Mating

Sexual maturity is reached when the dolphin becomes old enough to reproduce. It is generally thought that: Female Dolphins reach sexual maturity between five and twelve years old. Male Dolphins reach sexual maturity when they are ten to twelve years old. Females usually initiate the courtship and breeding behavior.

This breeding behavior occurs throughout the year. Once courtship is initiated the gestation period begins which lasts for ten to twelve months. Only one calf is born at a time but a female bears a calf about every three years.