Happy Birthday, Spirit!

National Aquarium is celebrating a very special birthday today! Spirit, one of our female dolphins, born at the Aquarium on April 13, 2001, is 12 years old today!

spirit - national aquarium dolphin

About Spirit

Gender: Female

dolphins eating at national aquarium

YUM! Spirit eats about 20.5 pounds of fish every day!

Weight: 380 pounds

Family Tree: Daughter of Nani (dam) and Nalu (sire)

spirit nani jade - national aquarium dolphins

Guests can often see Spirit playing with her mom, Nani, and friend, Jade!

How to Recognize Her: Spirit’s eyes are larger and darker in color. You can also recognize her by her crooked teeth in the lower right side of rostrum.

spirit - national aquarium dolphin

Trainer’s Note: Spirit is very playful and loves learning new behaviors. She is currently starting to practice a new move called a “fluke fling”!

Stop by today to see Spirit practice her new fluke move! Can’t come wish Spirit a Happy Birthday in person this weekend? Leave her a message on our Facebook page

4 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Spirit!”


  1. 1 Donna Castillo April 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPIRIT!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope to see you this weekend. Maybe you will get an extra treat….

  2. 2 Chris April 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    What do you think the reason for her crooked teeth are? Do the parents have that gene or no? I never even have seen dolphin teeth I dont think..? hmm that gets me to thinking. Great share here as usual


  1. 1 Happy Birthday to the Great Ken Nordine | Iced Borscht Trackback on April 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

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