Baltimore Avenue Curiosity Tour

Proposal 24 – West Philadelphia Center for the Humane Captivity of Aquatic Creatures

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4829 Baltimore Avenue

This center is primarily an aquarium environment. Animals in captivity here must be unable to survive in the wild. Even so, people are understandably concerned about their well-being in this location.

"In the wild, orcas and dolphins swim up to 100 miles per day. But captured dolphins are confined to tanks that may be only 24 feet long, " feet wide, and 6 feet deep. They navigate by echolocation—bouncing sonar waves off other objects to determine their shape, density, distance, and location—but in tanks, the reverberations from their own sonar bounce off the walls, driving some dolphins insane. Jacques Cousteau said that life for a captive dolphin 'leads to a confusion of the entire sensory apparatus, which in turn causes in such a sensitive creature a derangement of mental balance and behaviour.'"


 
 

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