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By David Michael Ettlin and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer | October 1, 1993
The untimely death of a beluga whale at Baltimore's National Aquarium has led to the rare captive birth of another at a Sea World park in San Antonio.Kia -- one of the two surviving female belugas sent to Texas last year -- delivered her estimated 125-pound male calf Saturday morning. It was the third birth for the Sea World park's burgeoning beluga population in less than two weeks, and a record event for captive breeding programs.Baltimore's aquarium decided to give up the popular marine mammal species after another beluga, Anore, was killed in December 1991 by an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, which apparently rammed her during a training exercise in the amphitheater show tank.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
The big question facing Baltimore's National Aquarium - whether to keep Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the amphitheater pool or release them to an ocean-side sanctuary - is the latest twist in the decades-long evolution of American zoos and aquatic attractions from circus-like menageries to portals into the natural environment. Much of the change is driven by emerging scientific evidence that shows the advanced intellect of marine mammals compared with species such as sharks and puffins.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
The big question facing Baltimore's National Aquarium - whether to keep Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the amphitheater pool or release them to an ocean-side sanctuary - is the latest twist in the decades-long evolution of American zoos and aquatic attractions from circus-like menageries to portals into the natural environment. Much of the change is driven by emerging scientific evidence that shows the advanced intellect of marine mammals compared with species such as sharks and puffins.
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By Ellen Uzelac and Ellen Uzelac,Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2008
A lot of us have sampled cruising - a winter Caribbean cruise here, a Baltimore-to-Bermuda cruise there. Now imagine visiting more than 100 ports across the globe on a floating luxury hotel over a three- to four-month period. Throw in a butler - and what's not to like? World cruising, as it's called, is one of the industry's emerging trends. Why? Because travelers are no longer waiting to retire to take the cruise of their dreams, according to Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor of CruiseCritic.
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By Orlando Sentinel | January 5, 1992
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Sea World of Florida will use the latest in theme-park technology in 1992 to open a ride that will take guests on a simulated journey through the ocean's depths.The multimillion-dollar ride will use a flight simulator -- like that used to train pilots -- to rock guests as they view a film exploring the seas.The simulator, now under construction, will be the first ride ever installed at Sea World -- an attraction better known for its killer whales, sharks, dolphins and eels.
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By Bruce Reid and Michael James and Bruce Reid and Michael James,Staff Writers | March 20, 1992
The National Aquarium's two beluga whales arrived at Sea World in San Antonio yesterday, joining the world's largest captive population of the species.Kia and Sikku arrived by plane about 10 a.m. EST at Kelly Air Base, 12 miles from Sea World, said its curator, Glenn Young. The animals, which were monitored en route by veterinarians, were not showing any problems, he said."Everything went according to plan. There's been nothing unusual," Mr. Young said.The whales were placed in acclimation tanks apart from 10 other beluga already at Sea World.
TRAVEL
By TONI SALAMA | July 30, 2006
ORLANDO, FLA. -- I was in deep water, over-my-head deep, my left hand grasping Yoshi's dorsal fin and my right hand on her right flipper. Her skin was an iridescent gray, smooth and rubbery like an inner tube, but not cold to the touch. Not cold at all. The dolphin trainer asked, "Are you ready?" And I nodded. Then, on signal, Yoshi and I were off in a splash, taking an Orlando thrill ride of a different sort. Being a bit on the young side, Yoshi wasn't as long as the older dolphins, so I took care to keep my feet clear of her tail as we sped toward another trainer and the shallow end of the man-made lagoon - the ride of a lifetime finished in less than a minute.
TRAVEL
By Ellen Uzelac and Ellen Uzelac,Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2008
A lot of us have sampled cruising - a winter Caribbean cruise here, a Baltimore-to-Bermuda cruise there. Now imagine visiting more than 100 ports across the globe on a floating luxury hotel over a three- to four-month period. Throw in a butler - and what's not to like? World cruising, as it's called, is one of the industry's emerging trends. Why? Because travelers are no longer waiting to retire to take the cruise of their dreams, according to Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor of CruiseCritic.
FEATURES
July 23, 1993
As children leave movie houses after watching a tear-jerker about a young boy's attempt to free a whale, they're being urged to join the cause of animal rights activists.In 20 states across the nation, including California, Florida and Texas, animal advocates are handing out leaflets outside theaters showing the Warner Bros. film "Free Willy."The pamphlets ask those moved by the film to work to free captive killer whales from marine theme parks.It's a not a new effort. Earlier this year, the same groups organized a letter-writing campaign to "Free Shamu," one of Sea World's star attractions.
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By SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER | April 6, 1996
SEATTLE -- The rapacious California sea lions of Seattle's Ballard Locks have slipped the noose.The five animals, which have been under a federal death sentence for almost a month, may find themselves in sunny Florida, where they will be the object of adoring tourists at Sea World in Orlando.In a deal that involved Vice President Al Gore, Sea World says it will put the five male sea lions in an exhibit with similar animals.All that remains for the reprieved sea lions is to be captured. One sea lion has not been seen all year and another for weeks.
TRAVEL
By TONI SALAMA | July 30, 2006
ORLANDO, FLA. -- I was in deep water, over-my-head deep, my left hand grasping Yoshi's dorsal fin and my right hand on her right flipper. Her skin was an iridescent gray, smooth and rubbery like an inner tube, but not cold to the touch. Not cold at all. The dolphin trainer asked, "Are you ready?" And I nodded. Then, on signal, Yoshi and I were off in a splash, taking an Orlando thrill ride of a different sort. Being a bit on the young side, Yoshi wasn't as long as the older dolphins, so I took care to keep my feet clear of her tail as we sped toward another trainer and the shallow end of the man-made lagoon - the ride of a lifetime finished in less than a minute.
NEWS
By David Michael Ettlin and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer | October 1, 1993
The untimely death of a beluga whale at Baltimore's National Aquarium has led to the rare captive birth of another at a Sea World park in San Antonio.Kia -- one of the two surviving female belugas sent to Texas last year -- delivered her estimated 125-pound male calf Saturday morning. It was the third birth for the Sea World park's burgeoning beluga population in less than two weeks, and a record event for captive breeding programs.Baltimore's aquarium decided to give up the popular marine mammal species after another beluga, Anore, was killed in December 1991 by an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, which apparently rammed her during a training exercise in the amphitheater show tank.
NEWS
By Bruce Reid and Michael James and Bruce Reid and Michael James,Staff Writers | March 20, 1992
The National Aquarium's two beluga whales arrived at Sea World in San Antonio yesterday, joining the world's largest captive population of the species.Kia and Sikku arrived by plane about 10 a.m. EST at Kelly Air Base, 12 miles from Sea World, said its curator, Glenn Young. The animals, which were monitored en route by veterinarians, were not showing any problems, he said."Everything went according to plan. There's been nothing unusual," Mr. Young said.The whales were placed in acclimation tanks apart from 10 other beluga already at Sea World.
FEATURES
By Orlando Sentinel | January 5, 1992
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Sea World of Florida will use the latest in theme-park technology in 1992 to open a ride that will take guests on a simulated journey through the ocean's depths.The multimillion-dollar ride will use a flight simulator -- like that used to train pilots -- to rock guests as they view a film exploring the seas.The simulator, now under construction, will be the first ride ever installed at Sea World -- an attraction better known for its killer whales, sharks, dolphins and eels.
NEWS
By David Michael Ettlin | February 8, 1992
The word "not" was omitted from a sentence in Saturday's article about the National Aquarium planning to send its beluga whales to Sea World. The sentence, relating a comment by Sea World spokesman Bob McCullough about the inclusion of Pacific white-sided dolphins in a 2 million-gallon outdoor pool, should have read that interaction between the two species had not been a problem.The Sun regrets the error.An agreement is being negotiated to send the National Aquarium's popular beluga whales to Sea World of Texas, officials at the Baltimore and San Antonio marine attractions confirmed yesterday.
NEWS
By Michael James and Bruce Reid and Michael James and Bruce Reid,Staff Writers | March 19, 1992
The National Aquarium's two remaining beluga whales joined the largest captive population of the species today -- at Sea World in San Antonio, Texas.Kia and Sikku arrived by plane about 10 a.m. (EST) at Kelly Air Base, about 12 miles from Sea World, said general curator Glenn Young. The animals, which were monitored en route by veterinarians, were not showing any problems, he said."Everything is going according to plan. There's been nothing unusual," Mr. Young said.The whales were placed in acclimation tanks apart from the other belugas, where they will stay for an undetermined number of days.
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