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National Aquarium's plan to relocate dolphins from Baltimore by 2020 is delayed by climate change, pollution

National Aquarium's plan to relocate dolphins from Baltimore by 2020 is delayed by climate change, pollution

For more than two years, the National Aquarium’s seven bottlenose dolphins have been training for a drastic move in 2020, from their home in a Baltimore amphitheater to the nation’s first oceanside sanctuary in Florida or the Caribbean.

Aquarium staff members wear flip-flops and sunglasses around the Pier 4 Marine Mammal Pavilion in hopes of acclimating the highly intelligent mammals to warm-weather sights and sounds.

A 4-foot, fake blue heron named Douglas adorns the dolphins’ tank, mimicking new friends the pod might meet in...

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