April 30, 2014 3:17 am

SeaWorld San Diego killer whale is pregnant

This Tuesday, April 29, 2014 photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego, a 9-year-old orca named Kalia swims at the SeaWorld San Diego park in San Diego, Calif. SeaWorld San Diego says Kalia is pregnant with her first calf.

AP Photo/SeaWorld San Diego

SAN DIEGO – It will soon be time to break out the baby booties – or whatever it is that baby whales wear – at SeaWorld San Diego.

The park announced Tuesday that its 9-year-old killer whale, Kalia, is pregnant with her first calf.

SeaWorld spokesman Dave Koontz says the baby is due in December.

Koontz says Kalia was artificially and naturally inseminated. Park officials aren’t sure which method worked.

They do know the father is Ulises, the park’s oldest male killer whale at the age of 30-something.

There have been six successful killer whale births at SeaWorld San Diego since 1988. There have been 31 at all SeaWorld parks since 1985.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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