When I was at Marine World in the ’80s, there was a dolphin there named Shiloh who was in her mid-20s. [One day after she’d done a show she was] returned to her tank, where she lived with three other dolphins. She looked fine, and after feeding and caring for her, the staff left.
But when they returned later that day, they found her on the bottom of her tank, dead—probably from cardiopulmonary failure. People said that it was probably because she was old. I thought, “That doesn’t seem right. She had to work until she died? Why wasn’t she moved to a sanctuary to live out her life?”
Well, there weren’t any dolphin sanctuaries. There still aren’t, although there are [sanctuaries] for dang near every other megafauna species that’s in a zoo. If this one succeeds, it will be the first.
National Aquarium CEO on the topic of builing an ocean sanctuary for their current 8 captive dolphins. X