Cayman’s dolphin population just got bigger with the addition of two Atlantic Bottlenosed Dolphins from Dolphin Discovery Tortola, to join the six currently under human care at the Dolphin Discovery Cayman facility at North West Point.
A press release states the dolphins, named Capi and Alma, are doing extremely well and adjusting to their new home and new friends.
‘We have been very fortunate as Dolphin Discovery has been so popular with both residents and tourists,’ said General Manager Carlos Moreno.
‘It just made good business sense to bring two more dolphins from our wonderful facility in Tortola to join our family in Grand Cayman,’ he said.
He noted the facility has welcomed guests from the hotels, condos and cruise ships as well as participating in the community by sponsoring residents with special needs and school children through their ‘Dolphins and Me’ program.
‘We feel it is important to integrate into the community as best we can, to be a good corporate citizen so we are also happy to report that we have had a number of young Caymanians working at Dolphin Discovery in our summer intern programme,’ said Mr. Moreno.
‘We are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to further their education by learning the various aspects of our state of the art research facility and about this important element of our tourism product.’
The park itself features a lagoon that is 210′ feet long by 115′ and 12” deep at its deepest point, and holds 2.5 million gallons of water. Over 12 million gallons of water are pumped per day equating to some 4 and a half transfers of the lagoon each day. It houses one of the most advanced life support systems in the world that has total redundancy. DDC is the most advanced facility of the Dolphin Discovery Family featuring everything from full hurricane design and awareness to a full IP digital based photo lab.
The main building is over 14,000 square feet and features a state of the art fish house, marine lab for the dolphins, trainer’s suite, photo and video lab, gift shop, offices and various other services needed to run the operation.
For further information on the dolphins and the various programmes offered at the facility located at North West Point, visit www.dolphindiscovery.com/grand-cayman