At WannaBoats.com we totally disapprove some actions that go against the rights of animals to live in freedom and to be respected in their habitat. We have to be aware that animals are wild, free and happy in their environment. We must also strive to care for the environment and ensure that there is less and less pollution and plastics in the sea. Let’s work for a better world, for them and for us.
Some interesting facts about dolphins:
Dolphins are the most intelligent animals. Until the human race did not take the lead, the dolphins were probably the creatures with the highest brain volume, and maybe with the greatest intelligence, of the planet. In addition to being cute, sociable and playful, they can solve problems. The dolphins are extraordinarily talkative. Not only do they emit whistles and clicks, but also series of strong broadband sounds: bursts of pulsating sounds to instruct their young and drive away the sharks. Although the vocalization of the dolphins is one of the great mysteries to solve of science or one of its biggest chimeras, it is believed that they have their own language to communicate with each other.
The cetaceans live in very large groups, of tens and even hundreds of individuals with strong ties that turn them into very cohesive and stable groups over time.
When they live in captivity, they are separated from their natural groups and forced to live with each other animals of different origins, which greatly hinders their relations, the establishment of natural hierarchies, wars of domination and even aggressive behavior among them.
To avoid these behavior problems and attacks between animals, it is usual to be given tranquilizers and antidepressants.
Dolphins recognize themselves and their families and members of their group. So they are aware at all times of the separation of their loved ones and traumatic moments experienced, such as the death of a loved one.
Dolphins have the ability to breathe voluntarily, that is, they can stop breathing when they wish by closing a hole called a blowhole and thus can decide to stop living by their own decision.
Reasons why not go to a dolphinarium:
It is relatively easy to be fascinated by the observation of these incredible animals and the shows in which we can see them in action and apparently complicit interaction with human beings. They are majestic creatures and in this type of facilities they make sure to generate an exciting experience for the public.
But although the dolphins always seem smiling, it does not mean that they are happy, for this you will find some reasons for not going to aquatic parks with animals:
1. They are torn violently from their habitat
The cetaceans in captivity have a high mortality, so the number of specimens kept under these conditions is insufficient to maintain a growing industry. Therefore, catches of wild cetaceans continue to be carried out, mainly in Cuba, Japan and Russia.
The catches are invasive, stressful and lethal also in many cases. The animals are persecuted and harassed to scare them until they are directed to a certain point that facilitates the task. Many animals die of heart failure due to the stress and shock to which they are subjected.
It is common that some animals die after the first days in captivity due to the depression and weakness that generates them being separated from their groups.
2. They live in a tiny pool
The tanks where these animals spend their lives are of small dimensions, with shallow waters and chemically treated, which generates many problems in the skin and eyes.
Because in these aquatic cages they have nothing to discover, the cetaceans in captivity stop using their natural sonar and if they use it, it bounces off the walls and ends up seriously affecting their perception thresholds, which causes them to suffer in the long run. crashes against the walls where they are injured and in some cases, even dead.
3. They have no shade to protect themselves from the sun
Another element to keep in mind is that in these facilities animals can not protect themselves from the sun, which causes problems in their sensitive skin and this overexposure damages their eyes causing them even cataracts.
When they live in freedom, the cetaceans spend most of their time at great depths where they are not affected by ultraviolet rays, but in captivity we find animals with burns due to the lack of protection from solar radiation.
4. The violence of training and shows
The cetaceans in captivity are forced to perform numerous completely unnatural behaviors for them that even become dangerous for their physical integrity.
The cetaceans are forced to work strenuous days, reaching up to 7 daily shows, which increases in summer with the evening shows.
In addition, they are still trained in many centers by food deprivation and although it is not widespread, there have been cases of physical violence against these animals, with trainers jumping, hitting or throwing objects at the animals.
5. Their mortality is 3 times higher
The studies carried out show that the life expectancy of dolphins is lower in captivity. In the wild they reach 50-60 years, while in captivity they do not exceed 20 and in the case of orcas the mortality is 3 times higher than in nature.
Depression, stress, the artificiality of the environment, the immunosuppression suffered by these factors and that exposes them to numerous diseases make it more dangerous for them to live in a pool than in the wild.
Every time we buy an entrance to go to zoos, dolphinariums and shows with animals, we are contributing to this cruel industry, which continues to kidnap and mistreat our planet companions.
Please, before going to a marine park, remember that we are your biggest threat and your only hope.
If even after reading this article you want to go to a show with animals in captivity, we urge you to watch this documentary and then decide: