First dolphin born in captivity in Cayman dies

The first dolphin born in captivity
in Cayman has died at Dolphin Discovery, according to the facility’s
veterinarian.

Juan Franco said the nine-month-old
dolphin, named Angela, was found dead in her tank by handlers on Tuesday
morning.

“From the necropsy, it looks like
she died of natural causes,” Mr. Franco said, adding that samples from the dead
dolphin would be sent overseas for a pathologist to check.

He said the death was unexpected
and sudden, although the young dolphin had appeared ill on Monday night.

Mr. Franco said this was the first
dolphin to die at the facility since it opened in December 2008.

Angela was born at the park in West
Bay on 29 July to Allegria, becoming the first bottlenose dolphin born in
captivity in the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Franco said none of the other
dolphins at the facility appeared to be ill.

Regulations stipulate that the
Department of Agriculture must be notified of the death of an animal at either
of the Island’s two dolphin enclosures.

Assistant Director of Agriculture
Brian Crichlow said his department was notified immediately after Angela’s
death on Tuesday.

“[The Department of Agriculture’s]
Veterinary Officer attended the post mortem of the animal shortly thereafter.
 It is premature at this stage to make any comment as to the cause of
death of the animal,” he said.

He added: “The DoA will continue to
monitor the situation closely and report its findings at the appropriate time.”

Cayman has two dolphinaria –
Dolphin Discovery and Dolphin Cove, both based in West Bay.

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Dolphin Angela, aged four months in this photo, swims with her mother Allegria last year.
Photo: Sherry VanWey
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