Animal Updates - May 18

Published May 18, 2012

Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we're bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts!

Check our WATERblog every Friday to find out what's going on... here's what's new this week!

Dolphin Update

For the past several days, we have been monitoring our dolphin family following a health concern with Beau. We're very happy to report that he's doing much better today!

What first concerned us with Beau was a change in his appetite. To keep our dolphins healthy and happy, we feed them a specific amount of food every day. When they show a lack of interest in this food it is often the first sign of a problem or illness. Our animals' well-being is our primary concern so when this happened, our staff and trainers immediately began to closely monitor Beau's diet and vitals 24 hours a day. Although Beau was assist fed during this time, our staff continued to encourage him to eat on his own.

After a few days, Beau's health concern started affecting others in our dolphin family. For a short time, Foster, our other male dolphin and Beau's close buddy, started to mimic Beau's symptoms. Aquarium staff has also become concerned with Jade and is watching her carefully.

Today, we're happy to report significant improvements - Beau and Foster are both eating on their own. They are active, playful and their general demeanor has improved.

We want to thank everyone for their support and understanding during this time. Although we have no way of knowing the timeline of this situation, we look forward to a continued and speedy recovery.

About Beau Name meaning: Beau also means "Handsome". This name was chosen to go with his mother Nani's name, which means "Beautiful" in Hawaiian. Sex: Male Weight: 350 pounds Birthday: June 27, 2005, at the National Aquarium Family Tree: Son of Nani (dam) and Bob (sire) How to Recognize: Guests can recognize Beau by his skinnier rostrum, consistent gray coloration of entire lower jaw and crooked teeth in lower jaw Trainer’s Note: Beau is best buddies with Foster and is often playing with and chasing him.

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

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