Are Seaquarium Animals Harmed by Excessive Partying?
After two dolphins died at a Swiss marine park following a "techno party" across the street, Miami Seaquarium is taking a good, reasoned look at whether hosting late-night parties is putting its animals in danger.
Just kidding! But putting a stop to such parties is the new rallying cry of animal activists who have protested the Key Biscayne marine-life sadertainment park for years.
In October, Switzerland's Conny Land held a 16-hour "rave"-- which sounds like hell for humans too -- just a little more than 50 yards from the marine park, despite warnings from animal conservationists that dolphins are highly sensitive and easily distressed by loud noise.
Two of Conny Land's dolphins died within a month of the party.
Seaquarium -- the controversial home to killer whale Lolita and several dolphins -- regularly hosts late-night parties. For Halloween, there was the Monster Splash Nightime Bash. And on November 25 -- just a couple of weeks after the second Swiss dolphin died -- Seaquarium hosted to the massive White Party.
Animal activists petitioned to stop the bash, collecting more than 1,400 signatures. Seaquarium reacted the same way it has to all animal welfare petitions: by ignoring it.
A glance at Seaquarium's upcoming schedule shows a few more questionable events in the near future. There are the nightime hours of the holiday season -- "complete with nightly snowfall, carnival rides, a Kids Winterfest, extended park hours," ow, my blowhole is stinging already -- and the Valentine's Day Dine With the Dolphins event that will include late-night swimming with the dolphins and, we're assuming, Kenny G blasted at Swedish House Mafia volumes.
Word of Seaquarium's "raves" -- unless glowsticks and Dennis Rodman were present, this word is probably being used a bit loosely -- has traveled the globe. An Australian woman named Jewel Rainbow (really) recently emailed us:
Animal welfare advocates around the world are concerned that Miami Seaquarium is hosting late-night rave parties. These parties, which feature amplified music and fireworks exploding in the sky overhead, are simply not appropriate for a facility that is designed to provide a safe habitat for marine mammals, who need their rest after performing for the public during daylight hours. Come on, Miami, we know you're a party town but do the right and let the sea creatures at Seaquarium get their sleep - find another venue for your raves.
We called the Seaquarium this morning for comment. We'll let you know when we hear back.
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