National Aquarium To Create Nations First Dolphin Sanctuary

by | Jun 17, 2016 | Conservation, Tanks | 1 comment


Aquariums and the public are constantly changing with the times. While dolphins and whales were a must see in aquariums fifty years ago, what people want to see from a public aquarium is not the same as it once was.There is lots of controversy over keeping marine mammals in captivity, especially highly intelligent species like dolphins. The National Aquarium in Baltimore has just announced that it will be creating a dolphin sanctuary for the aquariums eight Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin residents, and will no longer house dolphins at its aquarium. This sanctuary will be the nations first dolphin reservation and the aquarium expects the project to be complete by 2020. As of 2012, the aquarium had replaced its choreographed dolphin shows with all day viewing of the dolphins interacting with each other and trainers. With recent protests from activists and the aquariums commitment to research and conservation, the decision has been made to move the resident dolphins to an ocean sanctuary. The aquarium has not yet determined a location for the sanctuary, but the Caribbean and Florida are being considered. The dolphins will remain in human care at the sanctuary, as only one of the dolphins ever lived in the ocean, but the dolphins will have a more natural and stimulating environment. Until the move is complete, visitors will be able to observe the dolphins as they get ready for their move to the sanctuary. MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

1 Comment

  1. Nicolas Chauvin

    I don’t see what the difference is between this sanctuary and the pools at SeaWorld. Either way, they’re in a man-made confined space.


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