with our entertainment permit came a license to rescue
and rehabilitate manatees. This is an important license
which enables us to rescue injured manatees, nurse
them back to heath and display them in this pool.
Some of our rescued manatee have been confined to
this display case for decades. They are part of our
family as well.
we have released a few of our rescued Manatees with
sucess including Collista and her calf, I can tell
you that there is only one reason. They're a liability.
Manatees don't do tricks, unlike our Sea Lions, Dolphins,
and orcas who can be programmed to perform. There's
no profit in Manatees, bottom line. So here at the
Seaquarium we release them; makes for good press.
is the upper deck of our manatee resort. It's
much smaller than it appears I assure you.
fact: This is where we kept our first Orca
Hugo. Pretty Funny huh? He was 20 feet long
and weighed 6000 pounds.
When trainers used to feed Hugo his tail would
be lying on the bottom and his head was completely
out of the water. A pretty funny site: a whale
in a teacup.
died in 1980. He suffered a brain aneurysm from
slamming his head into the walls one too many
Poor Hugo. He was here for around 10 years before
he died. But we made a pretty penny exploiting
him. And the Seaquarium was the first on the east
coast to put an orca in a tank.
Cousteau once said, "There is as much educational
benefit in studying dolphins in captivity as there
would be in studying human beings by only observing
prisoners in solitary confinement."