Marineland Dolphin Adventure Set to Reopen After Hurricane Matthew

MARINELAND, FLA (October 12, 2016) – Marineland Dolphin Adventure will open on Thursday, Oct. 13, for normal business hours. Dolphin encounter programs capabilities will be limited and reservations will resume to normal times and availability on Saturday, Oct. 15.

We appreciate the support and patience of the community while state and national officials and emergency crews completed their hurricane response needs in the area.

For questions regarding reservations, please call Marineland at 877-933-3402, ext. 116, or visit www.marineland.net

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Marineland Dolphin Adventure Staff and Animals Safe Following Hurricane Matthew 

MARINELAND, FLA (October 7, 2016) 7:30 p.m. - Georgia Aquarium and Marineland Dolphin Adventure can report that all on-site staff and animals are safe and accounted for following Hurricane Matthew. It appears the worst of the storm is now behind us, and our staff have been able to leave shelter and start to assess the property for damage and resume all necessary animal care. We will continue to evaluate any facility damage over the next few days. We will provide updates as soon as they are available.

We are grateful to all those who sent supportive messages for our Marineland Dolphin Adventure and Georgia Aquarium teams over the last few days. Our thoughts remain with all those who have been affected by Hurricane Matthew and in the coming weeks ahead. 

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Hurricane Matthew Expected to Heavily Impact Marineland

MARINELAND, FLA (October 6, 2016) 11 a.m. - The National Hurricane Center has indicated that Hurricane Matthew will heavily impact the central east coast of Florida. Marineland Dolphin Adventure and Georgia Aquarium staff have been preparing for several days. Our staff routinely review safety procedures and are prepared to implement these at any time.

A team of 20 staff members experienced in veterinary, animal care, engineering, electrical and life support systems from Georgia Aquarium and Marineland are sheltered on-site to provide around-the-clock care to our animals.  Staff have been updating local and national government agencies on our animal care plans in advance of the storm.

The safety and well-being of our animals and staff is always our top priority and we will continue to provide additional updates during this time. Our support and thoughts are with our local community and all those affected by Hurricane Matthew. 

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Marineland Dolphin Adventure Prepares for Hurricane Matthew

MARINELAND, FLA (October 5, 2016) 12:30 p.m. – Marineland Dolphin Adventure is actively preparing for Hurricane Matthew. Marineland will remain closed on Thursday October 6, Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 as the hurricane makes way to Florida. The safety and wellbeing of all the animals at Marineland is always our top priority, and staff will remain on-site to monitor the weather as it impacts the area. Additional staff members from Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta are currently in route to Marineland to assist with hurricane preparations and animal safety. We are continuing to monitor the hurricane and will provide additional updates.

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Marineland Dolphin Adventure Monitoring Hurricane Matthew

MARINELAND, FLA (October 4, 2016) 6 p.m. - We are closely monitoring the progress and path of Hurricane Matthew. Based on the projected path of the storm and the hurricane and tropical storm watches issued for the state of Florida, Marineland Dolphin Adventure will be closing on Friday, Oct. 6, for the safety of our staff and guests. While we do have evacuation plans that vary based on each storm’s severity and projected paths, in most tropical weather cases the dolphins will remain secure and safe in their habitats.

Marineland Dolphin Adventure has a comprehensive weather plan that ensures the safety of our guests, employees and animals. These preparedness plans worked extremely well with previous storms, and we are confident that they will serve us well if needed. 

We have an extensive list of precautionary measures based on the proximity and level of the storm. These safety procedures include:

  • securing all loose items throughout the property
  • ensuring we have additional food available for the animals and fuel for generators
  • devising a ride-out team of employees to monitor the animals and their habitats

For questions regarding reservations, please call Marineland at 877-933-3402, ext. 116.