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Dolphin Research Centre

On Wednesday we visited the Dolphin Research Center at Grassy Key, north of Marathon. This has been established in one form or other since the 1950's and was where the "Flipper" film was made. Now it is a non profit making organisation, dedicated to the preservation and care of marine mammals. At the time we visited there were 16 Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and 2 California Sea Lions at the Center. It is open to the public, and it is possible to swim with the dolphins, spend a day caring and training them, or having a splash with them. You need to book for these activities, and usually you should book a month ahead. We just turned up, but managed to get Penny booked for a Dolphin Splash. This involved standing waist deep next to a dolphin, touching and standing next to them and being generally entertained. Other activities to watch were special displays of dolphins jumping and being exercised by their trainers and performing sea lions. The animals retained their dignity and appeared well cared for. The day was well worth the entrance fee and much enjoyed. You can visit their website on

Dolphin Research Centre

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