Nice Trip to the Seaquarium Yesterday.
Some snapshots, more to follow as I clean 'em up.
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Stereotypical Florida Summer Rain. One minute on, on minute off... fortunately, there was a lot of cover. The first phase post-rain made it steamy, but the second shower cooled things. A wall of rain persisted out over the ocean, and sort of danced in and out... water came down in sheets on one side of the park, while the other remained mostly dry.
I found this site, which struck me as sad, and I wish I'd found it before I went there. I agree with them regarding the use of dolphins as trained entertainment. (Jacques 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." ) I did not patronize the animal acts for that reason.. I just checked out the critters under care, and the reef tank.
Contrary to the negative site's images, the reef tank and manatee tank were both clean and appeared well-maintained, and there was a massive amount of construction taking place on the far side of the park. I did notice that there are signs up all over the park stating that images may not be used for any public exhibition or commercial venture... I wonder how much of that was a result of the site?
The problem with most animal rights groups is that they are, seemingly by necessity, driven by extremists. I do feel that most megacorps and the entertainment industry is mostly a collection of greedy SOBs, only out to make a buck, by the quickest way possible. Sometimes the best way to turn a buck is by good publicity and by doing the right thing. (Not as often as it might be, sadly.) Flip side of this of course is the old adage that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
What's the answer? Well, I figure the extremists have the motivation to keep plugging away at things that outrage them, but they need some folks that are able to parlay a bit to get thing accomplished.