INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Indianapolis Zoo announced the name of their newest male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calf Thursday.
Fans voted for the name in a poll, and Maui received 52% of the votes.
Maui is the name of a demigod from Polynesian mythology and a character who was made popular by the 2016 Disney Pixar film “Moana.”
The dolphin was born on August 27. He is the second calf for 18-year-old dolphin Kalei. Both remain behind the scenes and won’t be seen by visitors for a while.
Trainers say Kalei has been a relaxed and attentive mother. The mother and calf spend lots of time rubbing their pectoral fins together, which is a sign of affection between dolphins.
Maui’s maneuvering skills have been improving, and has started to swim short distances away from his mom on his own.