October 23, 2018

Dolphin calves died of pneumonia, internal bleeding, aquarium says

Pneumonia killed one dolphin calf at the National Aquarium last month while internal bleeding took the life of another baby days later, according to results of a necropsy released Friday.

The aquarium has yet to resume its popular dolphin shows because the surviving dolphins remain distressed by the deaths.

According to the necropsy, the deaths of the two 2-month-old calves were unrelated, said Brent R. Whitaker, the aquarium’s deputy executive director for biological programs.