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Group urges National Aquarium to free dolphins

Group urges National Aquarium to free dolphins

When she was a girl, Jackie Burson said, she fell under the spell of dolphins while watching them on TV. She visited aquariums and theme parks to see them perform incredible tricks.

"I used to love dolphin shows, too," she hollered through a bullhorn at the Inner Harbor on Saturday. "They're fun. The dolphins like it. Everybody wins, right? Wrong! Keeping [dolphins] in captivity is exactly the same as keeping them in prison."

Burson, of Waldorf, was one of about 50 people who gathered near the National Aquarium to hold up signs, hand out leaflets and protest the attraction's continued ownership of eight bottlenose dolphins — and to urge the aquarium's...