Hurricane Katrina Hotel Update: Dolphins Bunk at Atlantis
[Ed. Note: Hurricane Katrina was beyond devastating for the residents Louisiana and Mississippi. Lives were turned upside down, forcing many residents to find new homes in shelters or hotels. In New Orleans, however, many hotels are anxious to displace the evacuees to make room for the tourists visiting for Mardi Gras. Fortunately a judge just ruled that the evacuees could stay until Mar. 1. This just shows that even four months later, Hurricane Katrina continues to have repercussions. This week, we are posting stories involving hotels and Hurricane Katrina, giving an update on how things seem to be progressing. Enjoy.]
Hurricane Katrina turned the lives of animals who were living in its in path of destruction upside down as well.
Take the case of 16 dolphins from the Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, Miss. which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Before the storm, the younger dolphins were moved to hotel swimming pools inland. During the storm, eight were pulled out to sea when their Oceanarium tank was destroyed, but were rescued within a week.
Since the storm, the dolphins had been staying at various marine life rescue centers. Then last week, the dolphins were sent to live in seven interconnected resident pools within The Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
The resort's 34-acre waterscape -- filled with 11 million gallons of fresh and saltwater, 11 exhibit lagoons and over 50,000 sea creatures -- will also get 24 sea lions, and 22 exotice birds from the Marine Life park.
With the loss of crucial guest information, the hotel has not been so lucky.
Maybe these new guests will boost their spirits.