Sad news from the dolphin pools

Published June 22, 2011

We are deeply saddened to report that Maya’s calf died unexpectedly yesterday. At this time, we don’t know the cause. The 2-month-old male calf appeared strong and was being cared for and nursed by his mother Maya. A necropsy will be performed, and we should know more in the weeks to come. Volunteers and trainers have worked nonstop for months, observing the calves around the clock to record information including respiration rates, nursing frequency, and other milestones. Dolphin calves are extremely fragile and have a high mortality rate; 33% of calves born in any setting (both oceans and aquariums) don’t survive their first year of life. Despite being aware of the statistics, this sudden loss is a difficult one for all of us who work tirelessly to provide our animals with the absolute best care. Please keep our dolphin trainers, veterinarians, and volunteers in your thoughts. Expressions of condolence can be sent to dolphins@aqua.org.
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