APNewsBreak: National Aquarium to move dolphins into refuge


MIAMI (AP) — Eight dolphins that once performed at the National Aquarium in Baltimore will be retired from their tanks to a seaside sanctuary.

The aquarium is announcing plans to move its Atlantic bottlenose dolphins into a protected habitat by the end of 2020.

Seven of the dolphins were born in captivity. CEO John Racanelli tells The Associated Press the animals will remain in human care in the sanctuary.

The aquarium hasn’t settled on a location. It’s been considering new options for its dolphins for several years amid growing public distaste for live animal shows.

The dolphins stopped scheduled performances in 2012 but remain on display.

SeaWorld is making similar changes to its killer whale shows but has balked along with other industry leaders at releasing orcas or dolphins into the ocean.