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Accident claims life of popular dolphin

Date Posted: 2005-07-29

A freak collision between two dolphins at Okinawa’s Ocean Expo Park has left a young dolphin dead.

Churaumi Aquarium chief Hirokazu Miyahira says “everybody is now very sad” because Jun, a performing dolphin, had died. Jun, who had only three days before he died been given the name by his public following, crashed head-on into another larger dolphin in the Okichan Dolphin Theater. The young dolphin, a crowd favorite, was 1 meter 88 centimeters long, and weighed 80 kilograms.

He was no match for the 4 meter 40 cm fellow performing dolphin that swam into him. Jun, who was a happy dolphin when allowed to high jump, enjoyed swimming around the pool and gathering at the glass where visitors could look at him.

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