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Marine Studios made history on June 23, 1938, when over 30,000 people crowded a quiet stretch of Florida coastline near St. Augustine to witness sea life, as it had never been seen before—through 200 underwater portholes. Developed by three innovative entrepreneurs with ties to Hollywood, the newly coined term "oceanarium" described their novel concept as a place where marine life existed together. As the world's first oceanarium, Marine Studios sparked the country's imagination, displaying rare and unusual creatures in daily performances that included brave divers hand feeding sharks and handsome sailors presenting friendly dolphins in amazing aerial feats. Behind the scenes, Marine Studios perfected scientific innovations, breeding and raising the first dolphin calf, discovering dolphin echolocation, and featuring Flippy, the first trained dolphin in the world's first dolphin show!
ISBN: 9780738582207
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 197
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Explore the birth of the world's first oceanarium with Cheryl Messinger and Terran McGinnis, whose lives are dedicated to the care and conservation of marine mammals. With a passion for preserving the historic significance of Marine Studios, they bring together this collection of images from its vast archives, uncovering the lasting relevance of the vision set forth by Marine Studios founders more than 70 years ago.
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