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SeaWorld (Aquatica) will no longer keep Commerson's dolphins in captivity

Discussion in 'Sea World Orlando' started by WildernessLodge, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. WildernessLodge

    WildernessLodge Well-Known Member

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    http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/...-longer-keep-commersons-dolphins-in-captivity

    The most iconic animal of Aquatica may soon be no more. SeaWorld, Aquatica’s parent company, has confirmed that the famous Commerson’s Dolphins, which the Dolphins Plunge slide runs through, will not be replaced when they pass away.

    The dolphin exhibit is one of the first things guests to the park see when they enter and they are heavily involved in the advertising for the park. SeaWorld’s population, captured by biologists in the early 1980s, has never really grown very large, with only 14 births that lived more than 1 month through 2001.

    Commerson’s Dolphins typically live between 15 to 18 years, all of SeaWorld’s Commerson’s are at least 15 years old.

    The population has been moved around some, some calling SeaWorld Ohio home. With SeaWorld Ohio closures the population was reunited in San Diego. Four were moved to Orlando for Aquatica’s opening in 2001. Earlier this year the remaining San Diego Commerson’s were moved here to Aquatica after spending a few years out of public view. The move proved too stressful for one of the older dolphins who died a week after the move.

    The small amount of Commerson’s in captivity means there isn’t a large enough genetic difference to safely breed them. This mixed with SeaWorld’s commitment to not take animals from the wild means that the last remaining Commerson’s Dolphins in North America will likely die off in the next few years. The rare dolphins are known to be in captivity in Japan but importing them from there is a risky move that SeaWorld doesn’t want to undertake.

    There is no word on what SeaWorld plans to replace the dolphins with at Aquatica.
     
  2. DarthMileZ

    DarthMileZ Well-Known Member

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    I hope everyones happy. ¬.¬
     
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  3. michmousefan

    michmousefan Well-Known Member

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    A very sensible decision by Sea World. No need to have more, they aren't endangered (other than the way-too-common instance of them dying in gillnets and other bycatch hazards).
     
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  4. matt9112

    matt9112 Well-Known Member

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    At this point sea world should just abandon animals period. spend the cash on rides and attractions....turn the conservation cash spigot off as well. boom you whale huggers happy now, on a serous note though they really should transition to ride based guest capture. In orlando seaworld minus its own issues is still in a real tough spot crammed between two juggernauts.
     
  5. mm121

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    seems like there should be a way to import sperm from japan or something to increase the gene pool

    though as a whole this attraction is kinda pointless, you cant see the dolphins when you go down the slide at all, so its mostly a marketing gimmick
     
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    I just wanted to say I really like your informative posts! Thanks for sharing :)
     
  7. WildernessLodge

    WildernessLodge Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Oh thank you! That's very nice of you =) I'm a fan of Disney and SeaWorld so I like staying up-to-date on news and like sharing it on here with everyone else!
     
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