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Dolphins in Grand Turk Home Swimming Pools?

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At a time when Sea World has discontinued its orcabreeding program and aquariums around the world are removing cetacean exhibits and building natural marine sanctuaries instead, the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands is strangely out of step with world opinion.

A proposal to build a dolphinarium on Grand Turk has been met with horror by the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund, an all-volunteer organization that provides funding for reef education, research and conservation programs. A review of the Dolphin Cove Environmental Impact Assessment revealed that, driven by commercial considerations only, it used unqualified 'experts,' nor was adequate consideration given to the well-being of the captive animals. (Their marine mammal 'expert' only has a high school degree and no formal science training.)...


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