MARINELAND, FL (July 25, 2015) – Marineland Dolphin Adventure is deeply saddened to announce the loss of its female dolphin calf born Sunday, July 12 to one of Marineland’s resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, Casique. This was Casique’s first pregnancy.

“Over the past several days, our veterinary and animal care team have provided around-the-clock care to Casique and her calf. Research shows that first-time cetacean mothers and calves in the wild experience a high loss rate within 30 days of birth, so we’ve been guardedly optimistic about the calf’s chances for survival,” said Gregory Bossart V.M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president and chief veterinary officer of Georgia Aquarium, Inc. “Early on, we were encouraged to see the calf nursing from her mother, however, our team became concerned when she developed a respiratory condition and when the mother demonstrated inadequate and declining maternal behavior to her calf.”

Marineland Dolphin Adventure is accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums and has the longest standing dolphin breeding program of any aquarium or zoo. In fact, the first successful dolphin birth in a human care environment took place at Marineland in 1947.

“This is a difficult loss for all of us at Marineland,” said Kurt Allen, general manager and vice president of Marineland Dolphin Adventure. “Our veterinary and animal care teams dedicate their lives to the care and conservation of these extraordinary animals. Although we are still saddened by this loss, we know our priority is to continue providing exceptional care to Casique and the rest of the dolphins in our care.”

A necropsy (animal autopsy) is being conducted by Georgia Aquarium, Inc. veterinarians and other outside animal health specialists. All tests and evaluations will be finalized within the next few weeks. 

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Contact Public Relations:
Jessica Fontana

Senior Public Relations Specialist

(404) 581-4391

jfontana@georgiaaquarium.org

ABOUT MARINELAND DOLPHIN ADVENTURE

Marineland Dolphin Adventure’s goal is to utilize interactive educational experiences to inspire visitors to value and respect marine mammals and their environment. Located south of St. Augustine, Florida, Marineland Dolphin Adventure opened in 1938 as Marine Studios and marked its 75th anniversary celebration in 2013. In addition to its status as one of Florida’s first and most beloved attractions, the park also pioneered marine science studies, animal training and water chemistry, and is known for establishing the world’s first successful dolphin breeding program. At today’s modern facility, the focus is on intimate, unhurried dolphin interactions, swimming with dolphins and a variety of engaging dolphin encounters. Marineland Dolphin Adventure also hosts memorable oceanside events. Marineland Dolphin Adventure is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit and is affiliate of Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.marineland.net.  

ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that encompasses Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Marineland Dolphin Adventure and Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station in Marineland, Fla.  The mission of Georgia Aquarium, Inc. is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific organization featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offering engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.