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National Aquarium expects to maintain visitor attendance without dolphins

National Aquarium expects to maintain visitor attendance without dolphins

The National Aquarium in Baltimore expects no slowdown in visitors once it closes its popular dolphin exhibit to retire the mammals to a seaside sanctuary.

The aquarium, which has drawn more than 1 million people a year since helping spur downtown's renaissance more than three decades ago, said Tuesday that it will build a first-of-its-kind sanctuary for the eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins by 2020.

Attendance this year is on pace to rise 7 percent above projections of about 1.3 million visitors, with no short- or long-term impact expected once the animals relocate, CEO John Racanelli said...

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