Sad news from the dolphin pools

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


3 Responses to “Sad news from the dolphin pools”

  1. 1 Karole Sutter June 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I am Sorry. Tell the staff that i am thinking about them. I know how hard it is to lose and animal I hope Spirit’s Calf will be all right. and Maya too

  2. 2 Robin Strickland June 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the aqueriums loss. I love dolphins and and think they are such beautiful and intelligent animals. Tell the staff I am thinking about them and their loss, I know it is a hard thing to bear. Perhaps a new baby will come along soon. Remember tht everything happens for a reason and God is in control of everyting in the seas and in the aquariums.

  3. 3 Sam June 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

    How about think about the Dolphin that lost her baby, not once in this story has that been mentioned… Disgusting and I cannot feel sorry for the staff keeping this poor, innocent and beautiful dolphin captive!! Think about that and about the fact that dolphins can live up to 40 years longer in the wild. RIP beautiful little calf I am grateful you didn’t have to spend your life in captivity, you can now be free 🙂 xx

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