Monday, July 23, 2007

New interactive facility for dolphins!

Today Miami Seaquarium opened its new dolphin interaction facility called Dolphin Harbor. The new facility, home to ten Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and the park’s dolphin interaction programs, features a 12,000 square foot, 700,000 gallon dolphin pool surrounded by an 8,000 square foot facility that includes a reception area, education seminar room, changing facilities and rest rooms.

“The new facility gives Miami Seaquarium the opportunity to expand its highly successful Swim with Our Dolphins program which has been a favorite among park guests since 1998,” commented Andrew Hertz, General Manager at Miami Seaquarium. “As trends in the marine park industry move toward allowing guests to get closer with the animals, Dolphin Harbor provides more of our guests the opportunity to interact with our dolphins.”

At Dolphin Harbor guests who are at least 52 inches tall may participate in the Swim with our Dolphins program, a two-hour experience, which includes feeding, touching and learning about these magnificent animals plus enjoying “rides” with the dolphins across the pool.

Plus, coming September 1, 2007, participants who are less than 52 inches or those who do not want to participate in the swim program may wade out into the pool and meet the dolphins in the Dolphin Encounter program. The two-hour program will feature an educational seminar and the chance to feed and touch a dolphin as well as learn about dolphin training techniques.

The cost of the Swim with Our Dolphins program is $189 plus tax per person. The Dolphin Encounter Program costs $139 plus tax per person. Guests must be at least five years of age and an adult must accompany those under 18 years of age. Participants are allowed spectator guests at $40 per adult and $35 per child. The dolphin interaction programs are not allowed for expectant mothers. Program fees include same day admission to the park. For more information or to register please call (305) 365-2501.

Miami Seaquarium, South Florida's most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and exhibits. More information on Miami Seaquarium is available at

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