Captivity is not about education or conservation, it is about one thing - profit.
It is a fact that marine mammals face many difficulties and dangers in the wild, however this simply does not justify keeping these wide ranging, sentient and social animals in a sterile, captive environment.
In the wild, dolphins and whales are not subjected to loud music, excited crowds of people, artificial light and air or concrete walls.
The facts are plain - most dolphins and whales are not born in captivity, and with breeding rates unable to meet the need to restock facilities, dolphins and whales continue to be captured from the wild.
How SeaWorld started their Orca collection
Death at SeaWorld
1971 captures for SeaWorld, by Don Goldsberry and Ted Griffen -Penn Cove, Washington CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW
The story of real people taking part in the heated debate over killer whales in captivity CLICK ON IMAGE FOR DETAILS
Killer in the pool
An impactful expose on the Tilikum - Dawn Brancheau tragedy
by Tim Zimmermann
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Please do not endorse keeping dolphins and whales in captivity by visiting these facilities.
By making this simple decision you are giving them a gift beyond measure, the choice to stay in the wild with their families and not face the stress of capture, captivity and early death.
Are you unknowingly supporting those profiting from keeping dolphins in captivity?
British operators 'Merlin Entertainments' who own/operate Sea LifeCentres and many other top attractions are also linked to facilities keeping captive dolphins .. Would you still feel happy buying your attraction ticket to any of the facilities below knowing that they profit from this misery?
Calls for review of UK legislation
dolphins & whales in captivity
Further Marine Connection reading on captivity issues ...
I am as a dolphin born
into a concrete pool;
Who has never known anything better
yet yearns for the open sea;
Perhaps a seabird’s feather
once landed in my pool;
And instinct knew the odour
of the place where I should be
(c) Laurence Frost