Marine Mammals

Swimming with Dolphins to Marine Real Estate and Sustainability

Buying a Marine Aquarium Attraction as Real Estate

So let’s imagine that you believe in preserving the environment, and you love animals and the sea. You want to do something with your life and money. What better could you do than inspiring the human spirit of your community through leadership? And, what better leadership could you give than getting involved in the rescue, and release of marine life, by buying a marine aquarium attraction, complete with mammalian livestock?

The possibilities are boundless, and also provide possibilities for you to provide environmental education, research and conservation.

You would not be the first to think this, and you would be following the same path as a number of see mammalian experts before you. An early retirement, with the opportunity to start a family business around dolphins and a marine aquarium attraction, often located in a beautiful setting can appear to be a utopian life.

While some people have no doubt succeeded in buying and operating these types of marine aquarium attractions, they are a very risky buy. In the rest of this article we explain why, and provide the main problem areas in such a venture, from the point of view of the real-estate risk for such ventures.

We are sure that almost all marine aquarium owners provide the highest standards of healthcare and rehabilitation for their inmates, mammalian, and fish, invertebrates, etc, with the ultimate objective of release. That is exactly what they tend to concentrate all their energies on. The infrastructure of the aquarium facility is often very much neglected.

The Risks of Buying a Marine Aquarium Attraction

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Any marine aquarium attraction which is designed to provide healthy living for such large and active creatures as dolphins and whales, will have numerous deep and shallow pools, spectator seating, exhibition areas, display and multi-media presentation areas, labs, meeting rooms, lecture theatres etc. Species like sea sharks, dolphins, whales, and octopi, all require high quality oxygen rich sea water. So, the hidden mechanical and electrical plant and usual labyrinths of pipes and cables to service thee facilities is immense and complex and needs constant maintenance.

The purchasers buying a marine aquarium attraction, will naturally, when looking at buying a marine aquarium attraction, concentrate on the living assets of the existing aquarium attraction as a business. They will spend many hours on considering their ability to develop the business, both to raise money through tourism and student training income, and to provide a focus for marine conservation.

But, the most important factor will be that even the very best management of the living assets of such a business, may not be able to cope with taking on a marine facility with a failing infrastructure which is no longer barely capable of sustaining its existing marine inhabitants.

Mechanical and Electrical Equipment Failures

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Mechanical equipment breakdowns of pumps, aeration and filtration equipment, can within hours put aquarium tanks at risk of losing their precious stock of wildlife. For anyone buying a marine aquarium attraction, should that happen, the resulting deaths can have a devastating effect on the good name of the establishment. Not only that, such an event, or events destroys the whole reason for the existence of such marine aquaria.

Structural Failures

In the longer term, the many tanks, all containing sea water which is highly corrosive, may have very finite lives. It is seldom that such tanks will remain in good condition, with substantial maintenance work, for more than 20 years. The same is usually true for the pumps and pipework which supply each tank.

Marine aquarium attractions also tend to have tanks which are constructed in specially curved shapes to emulate the natural surroundings of the species which they house. These structures, which are built to restricted budgets, are then usually also buried.

The result for anyone buying a marine aquarium attractionis that deterioration in the concrete, steel, and plastics from which they are built can easily remain unseen until they fail, by leaking or else a variety of collapse scenarios can occur.

Recommendations to Potential Buyers of Marine Aquarium Attractions

Buying a Marine Aquarium Attraction as Real Estate. Buyers of Marine Aquarium Attractions beware!

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While obviously it will be essential to consider the many management challenges, and business revenue, income essentials to buying and running a marine aquarium attraction, never neglect the engineering which supports such businesses.

Always, engage an expert to inspect the premises, before concluding a deal on the property. For a complex facility such as a marine aquatic establishment we suggest that the buyers should appoint an independent home or property inspector to make an initial scoping inspection of the aquarium tourist attraction. The resulting property condition survey report, should then define the scope of additional experts such as civil, structural and mechanical and electrical engineers, which will be needed to be called in to do a full due diligence survey of the aquarium.

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However, at the stage of the scoping report, some owners will either refuse access, or simply offer a reduced price suggesting that the lower price is simply to enable a quick sale. Be suspicious If such an offer is made. If an owner will not allow access to the property inspection team, we would always advise that the buyer withdraws the offer, and moves on to look at other marine attractions for sale.

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Swimming with Dolphins

Swimming with Dolphins in Captivity

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Swimming with DolphinsHow about swimming with dolphins for an amazing experience? If you are seeking to give your family an experience they will always remember, then you can never beat a dolphin encounter. Many people would put that right at the top of their list.

You can certainly find captive dolphin encounters at a variety of aquariums and dolphinariums across America. The best opportunities which always prove uniquely awesome for their human/ animal interaction, are available in tropical and sub-tropical destinations such as Hawaii, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean. These locations pride themselves for providing a consistently high quality educational and interactive captive dolphin experience.

Swimming with Dolphins: The Potentially Life-Changing Experience in More Detail

For families with dolphin-loving members and a trip to Orlando planned, a visit to one of the venues which advertises that they offer swimming with dolphins is a must. In the best of the available experiences offered the duty trainer joins you in your contact period with the dolphin. It may also be part of the experience for the participant to follow a marine mammalian keeper or expert, as they carry out their daily duties with these delightful, and friendly mammals in the venue.

Most people love to learn all about dolphin behavior and communication. They are interested in how they are trained, and love to be present during feeding. There may be an opportunity to assist with feeding as well. However, the true highlight is always the dolphin interaction period. It may be of about 30-minutes duration.

This may include the biggest thrill of all. An exciting dorsal fin ride around the tank. Some venues also offer the chance to attempt the double-foot-push maneuver. That’s where two dolphins push you along on the water. Finally, but very much sought after by most families, is an agenda that also includes a private photographic opportunity with the two dolphins.

Typical Dolphin Swimming Age Limits and Requirements

A lower age limit applies and at most dolphinariums, children must be a minimum of six years old to be allowed to swim with dolphins. In addition, as you might expect, it is normal for there to be a requirement that children between the ages 6 and 12 must be accompanied by a paying-adult who is also a participant in the “swimming with dolphins”, experience.

The Close Dolphin Contact from Beneath Water - Alternative

Some people will find the full swimming experience, too daunting, or too expensive. Something which is very enjoyable is to walk through one of the increasing number of aquariums which provide tunnels through the water beneath a dolphinarium.

It’s as close to an underwater experience as you can get without being in the water. The walk is often described as an underwater walking tour. For some you will be wearing a dive helmet, for increased realism.

The Stark, and Possibly Cruel, Downside to Close Captive Dolphin Contact

Swimming with dolphins, and other experiences in which interacting with dolphins is offered in captivity, is rising in popularity. But, the sad fact is that although there is seldom, if ever, any intentional cruelty taking place, most of those people that engage in these activities would probably not wish to do so if they were aware of the problems which occur.

Many studies have shown that the surroundings and the behavior sought from the dolphins is far removed from their natural lives. Dolphins are intelligent as easily stressed as a result. The negative impact on the dolphins involved, is real and unavoidable.

Interacting with wild/ semi-tamed dolphins at a marine park or aquarium/ dolphinarium may seem to be fun for them. There is no denying that as humans there is something deeply meaningful in communicating with another species of such intelligence and presence.

But there is a commercial motive to running dolphin shows, and private group experiences, which runs against full transparency. The harsh reality is hidden from sight. People that pay for their captive dolphin experiences just don’t realize that these captive dolphins are living under great strain. They have a stressful time, despite the care lavished upon them.

The evidence is there for anyone that looks, because their lives are often greatly shortened by captivity. The dolphins who were born in captivity have it the easiest. What is not publicized is the fact that many are only there because they been captured and taken from their families in the wild. It would be incomparably better if people would limit their swimming with dolphins to the rare opportunities which do exist with chance encounters in the open sea.

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