Baltimore National Aquarium Will Move Dolphins to a Seaside Sanctuary
The eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins currently at Baltimore’s National Aquarium will be moving out to a seaside sanctuary by 2020. Animal rights activists have had their messages heard in recent years, as the aquarium discontinued its live dolphin show four years ago and has been mulling over the decision to find new homes for the marine mammals for a while. The vision is to find a spot in Florida or the Caribbean where the dolphins can live out their lives in a safe and comfortable spot more representative of their natural habitat.
John Racanelli, the aquarium’s CEO, made the following statement in the announcement this morning:
“We now know more about dolphins and their care, and we believe that the National Aquarium is uniquely positioned to use that knowledge to implement positive change.”
The location and cost for the sanctuary remains to be seen, yet those behind the change recognize the importance of considering a space where the dolphins have ample room, can interact with other marine life and plants, and have a tropical climate year-round. Public understanding of the harmful impact marine parks have on their captive animals has grown exponentially over the last few years. We can expect to see more facilities emptying their tanks in the interest of the animals’ safety and wellbeing.
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