Monday, June 9, 2014

Dolphin Marine Magic

Recently while in Australia, my friend Susan took me to visit Dolphin Marine Magic in Coffs Harbor. That was my first introduction Australian sea lions (neophoca cinerea). First discovered on Kangaroo Island , this species was hunted primarily for its oil and skins throughout the 18-19th centuries until it became commercially extinct. Currently listed as a threatened species under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) of Australia, they are now protected. This species of sea lion is one of the rarest pinnipeds in the world and is found only within the waters of two states within Australia. As such  it has one of the smaller ranges of pinnipeds worldwide, as well. Fortunately, Dolphin Marine Magic has a few of these gorgeous creatures, several having been born at the park so visitors can see them up close and personal. It is good for the brain to be exposed to new and different creatures. Travel to see new sights, hear new sounds, smell new odors, taste new tastes, and feel new touch, is an age-proofing strategy. More tomorrow. 

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