U.S. engineering company Edge Innovations has designed a robot dolphin in the hope that such animatronic machines eventually could substitute for captive animals at theme parks.
The 550-pound, 8.5-foot-long animatronic dolphin, covered in skin made from medical-grade silicone, headlined an educational program in collaboration with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' TeachKind initiative.
Edge's Roger Holzberg said, "The idea of this pilot is really to create a kind of 'Sesame Street' under water. Those characters taught a generation how to feel about different kinds of aspects of humankind in ways that had never been imagined before."
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