Dolphin dies after aerial collision

April 29, 2008 6:38:02 PM PDT

It happened during a program at Discovery Cove in Orlando where people get to swim with dolphins, rays and tropical fish.

Two dolphins swam into the deeper center of a lagoon and then leapt from the water. They collided and a 30-year-old dolphin named Sharky died. The other dolphin appears to be OK.

A park spokeswoman calls it "a very unfortunate and very rare incident."

It's the first accidental death of a dolphin at the park since it opened eight years ago.

About 32 people were gathered along the perimeter of the lagoon about 50 feet away in hip-deep water when the dolphins collided.


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