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Marineland-The World’s First Oceanarium

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, June 29, 2017
1. Marineland-The World’s First Oceanarium Marker
Inscription.  Born from the partnership of W. Douglas Burden, C.V. Whitney, and Count Ilia Tolstoy, Marine Studios opened in 1938. The attraction was designed for filmmakers to shoot underwater footage and give visitors an opportunity to see marine life live and up close. An estimated 20,000 visitors attended the opening of the world’s first Oceanarium. During the 1940’s, the attraction evolved into one of the world’s leading marine research institutions. In the 1950’s, with the help of trainers from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Marine Studios became the birthplace of dolphin training. Dolphin shows helped elevate the attraction, now called Marineland, to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Florida. It provided scientists opportunities to study the behavior of dolphins, and led to the discovery of echolocation, also known as biosonar. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, Marineland closed for a complete renovation in 2004. Many buildings were torn down and the attraction was converted into a dolphin conservation center in 2006. Georgia Aquarium purchased and rehabilitated the property in 2011.
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By Brandon D Cross, June 29, 2017
2. Marineland-The World’s First Oceanarium Marker

 
Erected 2016 by : The Marineland Dolphin Adventure, Georgia Aquarium, and The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-927.)
 
Location. 29° 40.135′ N, 81° 12.795′ W. Marker is in Marineland, Florida, in Flagler County. Marker is at the intersection of North Oceanshore Boulevard (State Road A1A) and Tolstoy Lane, on the right when traveling north on North Oceanshore Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9600 N Oceanshore Blvd, Palm Coast FL 32137, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marineland (within shouting distance of this marker); Princess Place Estate (approx. 1.6 miles away); Old Highway A1A (approx. 2.4 miles away); Washington Oaks Gardens (approx. 2.7 miles away); Massacre of the French (approx. 3.1 miles away); Old World Showdown / Reyes y fe (approx. 3.3 miles away); Massacre by Menendez (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fort Matanzas National Monument (approx. 3.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Marineland-The World’s First Oceanarium. Marineland had up to 500,000 visitors yearly during its heydays of the 1950's-1960's. Along with being the "World's First Oceanarium", it was the location of the first dolphin calf successfully born in human care. Over its 80 year existence, Marineland
Entrance to Marineland Dolphine Adventure image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, June 29, 2017
3. Entrance to Marineland Dolphine Adventure
has been the site of numerous film productions. Most notably "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954), and "Sea Hunt" (1958, TV). Marineland has been recognized as a place of historical value, receiving Florida's Heritage Landmark sitation.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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