Learning from care
A blowhole biome? Shedd’s Microbiome Project researches the microscopic life that shares space with every animal, including our Pacific white-sided dolphins. A recent study found that dolphin’s blowholes in aquariums and in the wild have a unique microbial signature, including many species previously unknown to science!
Voluntary animal health studies like these build our knowledge about the animals in our care—and give us tools to better understand wild populations as well.
It's playtime for our Pacific white-sided dolphins! Buoys are one of several toys our dolphins engage with—they can tug them, pull them underwater, or push them around.
“It’s hard to monitor and track them in the wild, so pretty much everything we know about young Pacific white-sided dolphins growing up we’ve learned in aquariums and zoos.”Maris Muzzy, cetacean manager
Meet the dolphins
Who's who in the dolphin pod at Shedd? Meet them all, from youngster Kukdlaa to 280-pound Katrl! Shedd is one of only three U.S. aquariums where you can see this exceptionally acrobatic species.