Is it a dolphin? No, it’s a robot. Animatronics will drive dolphin education

“When I first saw the dolphin, I thought it could be real,” said a woman who swam with the remote-controlled creature. Edge Innovations, a US engineering company with an animatronic and special effects division in California, designed the dolphin for an educational pilot program. It hopes that life-like animatronics used in Hollywood movies could one day entertain crowds at theme parks, instead of wild animals held in captivity. “There are like 3,000 dolphins currently in captivity being used to generate several billions of dollars just for dolphin experiences. Some 20 European countries have already banned or limited the presence of wild animals in circuses.

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