She’s gone five months without a name, but the Shedd Aquarium’s new Pacific white-sided dolphin finally has one.
Fourth graders from across the city were given the final vote from a list of options and settled on Harmony.
The winning name represents the balance of humans and animals living in harmony on our shared blue planet, the Shedd said in a statement.
Harmony was born Aug. 31, 2020, to 33-year-old Katrl, and has since more than doubled in size, weighing a healthy 100 pounds. The calf has hit a number of important milestones, including bonding with her mom, socializing with the rest of the dolphin pod and eating solid fish, according to aquarium staff.
Visitors can now see Harmony in person, with the aquarium having reopened at the end of January.
Pacific white-sided dolphins are distinguished by their black backs, gray sides and white bellies, with a suspender-like stripe down each side. They’re some of the fastest swimmers in the ocean, reaching speeds of 25 miles per hour.