ATLANTA (March 7, 2016) – Georgia Aquarium will launch a new dolphin experience, AT&T Dolphin Celebration, on March 31. The new presentation is a high energy, fun and exciting experience that showcases dolphin behavior and their relationship with their trainers while incorporating important education messages.
AT&T Dolphin Celebration marks the first major change to the original AT&T Dolphin Tales since its launch in 2011 and is one of the many new features to open during the Aquarium’s 10th anniversary commemoration.
“We hope every guest takes away a deeper understanding and connection to these magnificent animals after experiencing AT&T Dolphin Celebration,” said Lisa Mignogna, director of zoological operations and dolphin training. “This high energy educational demonstration highlights the relationships we have developed with each dolphin and the training processes that help us provide exceptional care every day.”
The new presentation will focus on the beauty, grace, athleticism, and intelligence of bottlenose dolphins. This will be demonstrated through a variety of new behaviors that focus on each individual characteristic.
Georgia Aquarium is also at the forefront of research on bottlenose dolphins and how their health relates to the health of humans. Georgia Aquarium and its partners collaborate on the Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA) under a federal permit each year to conduct health exams on wild dolphins in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon. This research has led to revolutionary new discoveries that impact our oceans and aquatic life.
Preparations for the premiere have been in place for several months. The original AT&T Dolphin Tales show completed its 4,618th and final show on Jan. 3, 2016. Guests have been able to experience a temporary training session, Splash 101, and see firsthand how trainers and dolphins have been preparing for the opening of the new presentation.
For more information on bottlenose dolphins, visit Georgia Aquarium’s Animal Guide. To stay up-to-date with Georgia Aquarium’s new dolphin presentation opening on March 31, visit georgiaaquarium.org, and follow Georgia Aquarium on Facebook and Twitter.
Photos of AT&T Dolphin Celebration can be found here.
ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.