Baltimore's National Aquarium announced that by 2020 it will relocate its eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins to a sanctuary.
The dolphins, all but one born in captivity, range in age from 7-year-old Bayley to 44-year-old Nani. The latter was captured by a marine park in Texas in 1972 and has been at National Aquarium since 1990.
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The location of the sanctuary is still being discussed, according to the aquarium, with sites in Florida and the Caribbean under consideration.
"Our vision is to create an outdoor facility where the dolphins will swim in natural sea water, with a vegetated shoreline – mangroves, sea grapes, etc. -- in a flexible habitat configuration featuring pools that can be customized to meet individual dolphin needs," the aquarium offered in a statement.
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