Human retirees look to Florida for their post-work relocation. The same – apparently – goes for dolphins.
The National Aquarium is considering the Florida Keys as a possible location to move soon-to-be retired dolphins. The aquarium currently houses seven bottlenose dolphins, but is planning to retire them to a dolphin “sanctuary” as soon as 2020.
The National Aquarium announced the dolphin’s retirement party last year, but only now are officials considering final locations. Qualifications for the desired relocation site include environmental appropriateness, community interest, environmental protection, permitting and stability. The National Aquarium is also considering sites in the Caribbean.
“Members of aquarium leadership and the marine mammal team continue to make trips to prospective sites, including areas of interest in the Florida Keys,” Corrine Weaver, media relations coordinator at the aquarium, shared in a blog post.
Learn more about the National Aquarium’s dolphin retirement plan, here.
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