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SeaWorld Orlando Stops Dolphin Feeding

SeaWorld Orlando has decided to end its public dolphin-feeding program following numerous incidents at Sea World parks where children have been bitten while feeding dolphins.

 This decision also comes after complaints and requests from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to have the program investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In 2012 the dolphin feedings made headlines when an 8-year-old girl was shown on video attempting to feed a dolphin when it leapt toward the fish the child was holding, biting and puncturing her in the process. 

 

These incidents have occurred over a number of years, but in 2006 when a dolphin’s mouth had to be pried open in order to free a 7-year-old boy’s hand SeaWorld refused to make any adjustments to its attraction.

The Dolphin Cove area of the Orlando Park recently reopened with a new policy, you can no longer feed the dolphins.

 While guests are still able to touch and pet any dolphin that approaches them, the fish trays used to tempt the bottlenose dolphins will not be available for purchase.

The New Interactive Dolphin Experienc

In March SeaWorld will begin selling 10-minute packages to guests — starting at $15 a person — that include touching and having photos taken with the dolphins under a trainer’s supervision. 

The new opportunity to interact with is similar to programs offered in the San Antonio and San Diego parks. 

Park guests will be able to pre-register online beginning March 2. 

Each 10-minute session can include five groups, containing up to 10 people per group.

By Marie Ospina
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