Theater of the Sea

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Theater of the Sea
Front entrance
Date opened 1946
Location Islamorada, Florida, United States
Coordinates 24°56′40″N 80°36′13″W / 24.944575°N 80.603685°W / 24.944575; -80.603685Coordinates: 24°56′40″N 80°36′13″W / 24.944575°N 80.603685°W / 24.944575; -80.603685
Land area 17 acres (6.9 ha)
Website www.theaterofthesea.com

Theater of the Sea, established in 1946, is a marine mammal park located in the Village of Islamorada, Florida, United States. It is a tourist attraction located on Windley Key in the Florida Keys. Visitors can swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, and Sting Rays, or watch shows where they perform. In which dolphins swim in and jump through a hoop and ring a bell. The 17-acre (6.9 ha) site also has exotic birds, lizards, crocodilians, sea turtles, tropical, game fish, sharks, and other forms of marine life. Short cruises and bottomless boat rides are also conducted.

The park also engages in ecological conservation programs, including the first artificial flipper transplant on a sea turtle.

History[edit]

Dolphin jumping

The property on which Theater of the Sea sits was formerly a quarry used to supply rock for construction of Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad. When the railroad went bankrupt after the devastating Labor Day Hurricane, the property was sold by the receivership to a local for $800 (having no interest in the property, the local was offered a parcel stretching to Whale Harbor, about 0.2 miles to the west, for the same $800).

Theater of the Sea was opened in 1946.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Theater of the Sea: Since 1946". Theater of the Sea. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Theater of the Sea at Wikimedia Commons