Who remembers the Pilot Whale show at Marineland? I found this vintage photo in my parents collection. This was probably from 1964.
A Brief History: The town of Marineland got its start when the Marineland Dolphin Adventure opened on June 23, 1938, as Marine Studios, a facility designed for Hollywood filmmakers to create underwater footage for motion pictures and newsreels. Popularly known as the “World’s First Oceanarium,” Marine Studios was the premier destination to allow the general public to experience marine life up-close.
Because of their proximity, the local businesses share close partnerships and vision. The town of Marineland is a hub of research and conservation and is set in the middle of the GTM-NERR (Guana Tolomoto Matanza National Estuary Research Reserve), local businesses and foundations have close working relationships including Mobius Marine, Inc., Ripple Effect Eco Tours, Marineland Marina, Marineland Dolphin Adventure, University of Florida Whitney Laboratory, the Florida Master Naturalist Program, the southern facility for the GTM NERR, and Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and Faver-Dykes State Park.
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Saw a balloon while SUPing in the inlet today and decided to retrieve it before it popped and became turtle food. I was dismayed to find it attached to several hundred yards of super heavy mono/Dacron fishing line and steel leader, all anchored by more than a pound of lead weight and two giant hooks. The hooks were imbedded in a large stingray, often used for shark bait. I can only guess the rig was paddled out and when the fisherman decided to give up, he simply cut the line, as there would be no way to actually reel the mess in. Sad! #matanzasinlet#sharkfishing#fishresponsibly