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MARINELAND OF THE PACIFIC, USA

MARINELAND OF THE PACIFIC, USA The largest group of performing whales in the world occupy the circular tank in the main building and perform five times daily before seat crowds in the 1,500 stands on the top deck. ‘Bubbles’, the first Black Pilot Whale to be trained to perform, is 14 ft. long and weighs 1,700lb. ‘Buttons’ is 10 ft. long and weighs 900 lb. Both are young femalewhales, cau ht in the Catalina Channel only a few J e s from Marineland. Bubbles can ‘sing’, ‘dance’. ‘shake hands’, ‘wave goodbye’, lift a plastic ‘barbell’ and jump completely out of the water. She can even lea a hurdle, as do several P d c Striped Dolp!mwhich also livein the 640,000 gallon tank. ‘Bubbles 11’ is an understudy to the main star of the show. ‘Bimbo’ is the mate of Bubbles. This bull whale, 18 ft. long and weighing 3,400 lb., was captured in 1959 in the hope that his introduction into the circular tank would one day give Marineland the first baby whales ever born in captivity. Bimbo gradually adjusted to manmuvring his 18 ft. frame in the 22 fi. deep tank and learned several tricks, including leaping vertically almost completely out of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

MARINELAND OF THE PACIFIC, USA

International Zoo Yearbook , Volume 2 (1) – Jan 1, 1961

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1961 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0074-9664
eISSN
1748-1090
DOI
10.1111/j.1748-1090.1960.tb02737.x
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Abstract

The largest group of performing whales in the world occupy the circular tank in the main building and perform five times daily before seat crowds in the 1,500 stands on the top deck. ‘Bubbles’, the first Black Pilot Whale to be trained to perform, is 14 ft. long and weighs 1,700lb. ‘Buttons’ is 10 ft. long and weighs 900 lb. Both are young femalewhales, cau ht in the Catalina Channel only a few J e s from Marineland. Bubbles can ‘sing’, ‘dance’. ‘shake hands’, ‘wave goodbye’, lift a plastic ‘barbell’ and jump completely out of the water. She can even lea a hurdle, as do several P d c Striped Dolp!mwhich also livein the 640,000 gallon tank. ‘Bubbles 11’ is an understudy to the main star of the show. ‘Bimbo’ is the mate of Bubbles. This bull whale, 18 ft. long and weighing 3,400 lb., was captured in 1959 in the hope that his introduction into the circular tank would one day give Marineland the first baby whales ever born in captivity. Bimbo gradually adjusted to manmuvring his 18 ft. frame in the 22 fi. deep tank and learned several tricks, including leaping vertically almost completely out of

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International Zoo YearbookWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1961

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