The highly experienced animal health and welfare team of AZA-accredited Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is providing a home and care for two Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) from the Miami Seaquarium. The transport of 40-year-old female dolphin Loke (LOH-kee) and her 5-year-old son, Elelo (El-LAY-Loh) to Shedd’s 3-million-gallon cold water habitat took place on August 3 under authorization from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Office of Protected Resources.
Shedd’s expert veterinarians and marine mammal caretakers are evaluating and observing both dolphins’ health and acclimation to their new home around the clock. Ensuring their best health and welfare, along with all the animals in our care, requires tremendous ongoing effort and focus. This transfer will make it possible for Miami Seaquarium to make necessary facility repairs and is an example of partnership and cooperation, placing the highest priority on the animals’ best interests.
Care and sanctuary for the dolphins is being provided at Shedd Aquarium’s own expense.