Thursday, October 22

Robotic dolphin | A replacement for marine animals in captivity

A robotic dolphin developed by the artisans behind Hollywood hits Free Willy, The Abyss and Deep Blue Sea could well be the solution to end the captivity of marine animals in theme parks.

Maryse Tessier
Maryse Tessier

Edge Innovations was active in the film industry in the early 1990s. While studios are now turning to computer-generated images (CGI), Edge Innovations has chosen to look to theme parks.

The dolphin, which weighs 250 kg and is eight and a half feet tall, is made of medical grade silicone. The price of a dolphin fluctuates between 3 and 5 million dollars.

Media reported this summer that the company’s robotic dolphins will take the place of real dolphins at a theme park in China, which is currently under construction.

According to statistics, more than 3000 dolphins and whales live in captivity. The documentary Blackfish, released in 2013, had also shed light on the living conditions of a killer whale in Sea World, thus prompting several countries to ban dolphins and whales in captivity.

-With Reuters

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