Kai is a male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin that was born in October 1994 at the Brookfield Zoo. “Kai” is a Hawaiian word that means “spirit of the sea.” In 2006, Kai weighs over 420 pounds!

A Greek myth tells how a dolphin persuaded the hesitant sea nymph Amphitrite to wed the sea god Poseidon. The dolphin’s reward? To be placed among the stars in the constellation “Delphinus.”

In a different legend, the god Apollo sent a dolphin to rescue a favored musician Arion from drowning. In thanks, Arion placed a dolphin statue in Apollo’s temple. Later, Apollo transported the dolphin statue to the stars, again as “Delphinus”, so humans would honor the helpful dolphin forever.