South Loop Students Help Name Dolphin Calf at Shedd Aquarium

After four months of growing and thriving at The World’s Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium’s Pacific whitesided dolphin calf is ready for a name! Shedd, a global leader in aquatic conservation, environmental education and animal care, is partnering up with Chicago’s leading news sources – NBC 5 Chicago, Telemundo Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times to find the perfect name for the male dolphin calf born on Memorial Day through an online voting contest hosted at

Students from two local schools – South Loop Elementary School and John C. Haines Elementary School – have the unique opportunity to help Shedd Aquarium name its new Pacific white-sided dolphin calf. Shedd is currently hosting an online voting contest allowing the public to select a name for the male calf from among five options.  Additionally, each of the names are being represented by a Chicago-area elementary school. Students from each school will serve as ambassadors for their name, writing essays, creating visual elements and conducting research to help persuade online voters to pick their name. The winning class will receive a day at Shedd which will give them the opportunity to learn more about the calf, his mother and Pacific white-sided dolphins directly from Shedd’s animal care staff. All students from each of the participating classes will receive a poster featuring the dolphin calf.

The students from South Loop Elementary are representing the name Kusook (COO-sook) which means “play”. The students from Haines are representing the name Kisaani (kihs-AH-nee) which means “boy”.

Cast your vote here!