Thursday, August 02, 2007

Aquarium loses dolphin!

Jump, the 30-year-old Pacific white-sided dolphin at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, his died, apparently of old age.

Officials at aquarium said the 30-year-old mammal -- one of the oldest dolphins living in an aquarium in North America -- died Monday, The Chicago Sun-Times said Wednesday.
"We are very saddened by the loss of Jump," said Ken Ramirez, aquarium vice president of animal collections and training.

Only 18 other members of Jump's species are living in North American aquariums.
A Shedd Aquarium spokesman said Jump had been a major attraction since being given to the aquarium by San Antonio's SeaWorld for breeding.

Jump had fathered calves at other aquariums, but none of his mates at the Shedd Aquarium -- the largest indoor aquarium in the world -- ever became pregnant, the newspaper said.

Quick "Facts about Dolphins"