Nose to Bottlenose
Senior Editor Norie Quintos likes going nose to bottlenose with dolphins…
The Baltimore aquarium’s new Dolphin Encounter program, which takes you backstage with the trainer and the marine mammals, is a close encounter of the interspecies kind. The 2 1/2 hour program includes reserved seating at the dolphin show and a short educational seminar. But the highlight is a play session at the edge of the pool with the high-diving creatures. It’s hard not to anthropomorphize these clearly intelligent beings (They like playing catch! They’re so happy!). I grew up watching Flipper reruns, see, and entertained dreams about become a marine biologist. But fulfilling one’s fantasy doesn’t come cheap. The program costs $195 and reservations are required. I’m not going to enter into a debate on the ethics surrounding the use of captive animals; suffice it to say that the aquarium follows best practices in the care and keeping of its charges, and focuses on education.
Read More: Learn about what’s happening in dolphin’s brains (and other animals as well), in the cover feature of National Geographic Magazine, “Animal Minds,” in this month’s issue.
Photo: Courtesy National Aquarium in Baltimore
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