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Day 4: Baltimore to Mystic

August 15, 2011

Dolphins + skilled staff + animal contact = Marine Mammal Institute bliss. Nancy Hotchkiss worked with the National Aquarium’s animal care staff to arrange a special encounter behind the scenes. Two to three participants shared about 30 minutes with one trainer and a dolphin. Training staff used the time to integrate dolphin physiology and behavior with opportunities for interaction. From splashing people to calmly inviting back rubs, the dolphins captivated their human audience. It would be hard, after getting up close and personal, to ignore our ability to work for a better future for these intelligent animals who rely on humans to maintain a healthy ocean.

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