Releasing Captive Dolphins One Robot at a Time

Releasing Captive Dolphins One Robot at a Time

Sophie Lyons, Writer

Edge Innovation in New Zealand has made robotic dolphins with dolphin-like looks to replace captive ones in theme parks. The first robotic dolphin was made on August 24, 2020 but Edge Innovations has continued to make more! Edge Innovations also worked with animators from California’s Hollywood cartoonists. They helped them make the dolphins look as life-like as possible.

“The marine park industry has had falling revenues for over a decade due to ethical concerns and the cost of live animals, yet the public hunger to learn about and experience these animals is still as strong as ever,” said Roger Holzberg, one of the California-based designers. “We believe that it’s time to re-imagine this industry and that this approach can be more humane, and more profitable at the same time.” Dolphins don’t live as long in captivity as they do in the wild so these robots can save them.

Though one robot dolphin costs at least $3 million, the fact that these dolphins can last longer than the real ones makes it worth the expense. The dolphin will be controlled by a remote and will be able to interact with humans like real trained dolphins do. “For people in New Zealand, for me, I liken authentic to natural,” said Li Wang, the business developer for Edge Innovations. He helped make the robot dolphin and is favoring using them instead of the real ones.

For years, people have stressed the worry of keeping dolphins in captivity where they should be in the wild, living longer lives. Edge Innovations has found a creative way to solve that problem. Robotic dolphins! This invention has definitely shown that they own their name as edge inventors.