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2019-05-23 00:00:11

Record Breaking: MRU Grad Šaltenytė's Dolphin Collection Biggest

sukauptu-delfinu-eksponatu-rekordo-fiksacija-7115 May 20th, 2019, the Lithuanian weekly "Vilniaus diena" reports that Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) graduate Aušra Šaltenytė's dolphin collection, totaling more than 5,000 different items related to dolphins, has been registered by the "Factum" Agency as the largest such collection in Lithuania.

Šaltenytė is hoping to move her online dolphin museum to a real live structure, possibly including establishment of a theme park.

"I have been attracted to nature since I was  young.," Šaltenytė told the journalist.

She said that is why she chose nature studies at the Vilnius Educational Sciences Institute. Later at MRU she studied environmental policy and administration.

As a child, she had a toy dolphin that she played with in the tub. As she grew older, her interest in dolphins also grew. In 1995, when her parents took her to the dolphinarium near Klaipėda she was hooked. From approximately 2000, she began to collect dolphins.

Dr. Šaltenytė successfully defended her PhD dissertation, "Management of Biological Diversity Protection" at MRU in 2013.

"I am extremely grateful to Mykolas Romeris University, which offered premises and help," she said. About a year ago Šaltenytė exhibited her dolphin collection at MRU, as required seeking a national and/or world record.

Šaltenytė, who devotes a large part of her life to her dolphin collection, says dolphins are able to affect one emotionally, to make people better. Their smile is infectious, she added.