wjz-13 all-news-99-1-wnew 1057-the-fan 1300logo2_67x35

Local

Dolphin Show Canceled Sunday As Aquarium Mourns Loss Of Another Calf

View Comments
baby dolphin

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Police Work To Solve Mystery Of Phylicia Barnes' Death
BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Now that the body of missing teenager Phylicia Barnes has been found, police are focused on finding out how she died.  Pat Warren has the latest on the investigation. How did the body of a North Carolina teenager visiting relatives in northwest Baltimore wind up in the Susquehanna River near the Conowingo Dam at Port Deposit? "You don't need to be a sleuth to determine it's suspicious that her body was found up there," said Anthony Guglielmi. Last week's discovery led top cops to add mystery to mystery with the same-day discovery of a man's body in the river, not far from where Phylicia Barnes was found. "There's a lot of work now that needs to be done," said Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld. "We don't have much more today than we did on Friday.  We're still waiting for cause of death on both those bodies.  Hopefully this week, we'll make some headway on that and then we're waiting for the formal identification on the second body," Guglielmi said. Police still have no evidence of a connection between the bodies but the level of confidence in solving this case is high. "In the entire country, I don't think there's a better team when it comes to investigating death investigations," Guglielmi said. Police say that, contrary to some earlier reports, they do not have a suspect in the case. Police are waiting for the outcome of the medical examiner's report on cause of death.

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Heartbreak for trainers and staff at the National Aquarium. A baby dolphin died Saturday night– the second death in a less than week. Now the aquarium is trying to figure out why.

Adam May has more on the calves’ sudden death.

Two unnamed baby dolphins– each around 3 months old– suddenly died at the National Aquarium. 

The first was found dead in the pool last week.  The second showed signs of heavy breathing and decreased appetite before she underwent an unsuccessful medical procedure Saturday night.

“This is just devastating for our staff,” said Sue Hunter, director of animal programs. “I’ve been here 20 years and I’m just devastated by the loss. We’re all very sad right now.”

As a result, the dolphin show was canceled Sunday.

“For those guests that came here today we actually refunded that portion of their tickets and some guests donated that money to help with research here at the aquarium,” said Charles Meyers, director of visitor services.

Last March, an 11-day-old calf also died. Testing revealed an infection.  New tests performed by Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology are pending.

“Baby bottlenose dolphins are very, very fragile in their first year of life,” Hunter said. “The mortality rate for these animals in aquariums and oceans is 33 percent, which is high for a species.”

The aquarium still has eight dolphins. The dolphin shows continue next week.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus