A little while ago someone told me why they thought places like Sea World were good for dolphins and whales. I was very surprised by the comments and wrote about some of the myths she thought were facts. Here are a few more things she said.
Myth # 4
The dolphins in captivity must be happy because they look happy.
Dolphins only look like they are smiling because this is the way their mouths are shaped and they can’t change their expression. When you see a dolphin in captivity it may look like they are happy but this is probably not the case. In the movie The Cove Ric O’Barry says that it is a great deception and it is only an illusion that they are happy. Did you know that many dolphins in captivity are given drugs to help with ulcers? Ulcers occur because the dolphins are depressed and stressed!
Myth # 5
Tanks are safe for dolphins.
Not only are they too small for dolphins but they can’t use their natural abilities for example echolocation. Did you know dolphins use echolocation to explore their environment? There is no chance for them to do this in a concrete tank! Also, the tanks are full of chemicals. The water is not ocean water, that means it is unnatural, and many of the marine life suffer skin conditions because of this. What does this mean for the dolphins? That’s right, MORE drugs!
Myth # 6
Dolphins have so much to do in marine parks.
Dolphins are only used for a few shows a day. The rest of their time is spent swimming in circles or floating at the surface and have little interaction. I would be so bored if I had to sit in a bathtub all day with nothing to do!
So you can see this for yourself, here are two videos
1. Do these dolphins look happy to you?? (Youtube video by Bob Timmons)
2. Shouldn’t this be what their lives should be like? (Youtube video by juliemach5)
Thanks for reading! And don’t forget I am still fundraising for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project so PLEASE donate if you can. ANY amount is appreciated!
Mum got the blue dye for my hair which I will be using on 12th December for my fundraiser. If you want to see me with blue hair please donate!
I was thinking about why there aren’t more people doing things to help stop the Taiji slaughter. Maybe it’s because they just don’t know what to do. So I have made a video to help with some ideas. I also thank some great people who have donated to my fundraiser.
I hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends.
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It is very sad that some people still don’t know the facts about captivity and how the animals and dolphins are affected. Here are some facts to educate them!
Seaworld and other marine parks spend a lot of money making their exhibits like dolphin’s natural habitats.
What do you think?
This or this?
Did you know that dolphins can travel over 40 miles everyday when in the ocean? How many times around a tank do you think that is?
They can also dive up to 300 metres for 20mins. (This depends on the species.) Let’s look at Sea World Gold Coast. Their “Dolphin Cove” where shows take place is 8 meters deep. This is 292 meters short of what they are known to dive in their natural habitat. It doesn’t seem to me that marine parks make their exhibits like natural habitats.
Dolphins and whales are well fed, better than in the wild.
What do you think?
This or this?
A bucket full of dead fish that is pumped with medicine to stop them getting sick or abundance of fresh, live fish?
Did you know that dolphin and whale trainers use food as a training tool? If a trick is not performed they are not fed. This food deprivation is cruel. And a former trainer has spoken about dolphins being punished for not performing right. They are isolated which is like torture for them.
Dolphins are safer in captivity.
The biggest threat to dolphin is MAN!! That’s right, we are! The website “A Dolphin Place” says that more than 100,000 dolphins are killed each year by MAN. The next predator is shark and then other dolphin (eg. orca).
Humans catch dolphins in a violent and cruel way. Dolphins are separated from their families, snatched from their pods and sold to sea parks around the world. Look at Taiji Japan – Dolphins are hunted into The Cove, the “best” ones are violently pulled from their families and those not chosen are slaughtered. Those sold to sea and marine parks spend the rest of their lives performing silly tricks and swimming in circles. We ARE their biggest predator.
This is a photo of the fisherman in Taiji Japan. The water is red because it is the blood of the dolphins they have just slaughtered.
Next time I will look at some more myths that I hear people say.
Thank you to these website for the information or photos.
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Today is Japan Dolphin Day which means that the season for dolphin hunting has started.
This morning my mum and I watched the live stream from The Cove in Taiji. It was very sad to see approximately 60 dolphins driven into the cove. We think they were bottlenose dolphins. Tomorrow they will be slaughtered or taken from their home into a lifetime of captivity. They won’t be able to swim free in the ocean for miles everyday. They will be swimming in circles in small fish tanks.
This year there were Japanese protesters which Ric O’Barry said was the first time ever. Hopefully they can get more Japanese people involved and aware of this problem. Some of these protesters swam into the water which was very brave as they could have been arrested. One Japanese man got out of the water crying because he could hear the dolphin’s cries when he put his head under the water. It was a very sad moment.
Today I am starting my fundraising and ALL the money I raise will be given to Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.
On 12th December 2013 I am going to dye my hair blue! I chose blue to represent the dolphins and the ocean.
So, if you want to see me with BLUE hair please donate on my fundraising page
Please donate whatever you can, I am grateful for anything you can give!
In September the Taiji Dolphin Drive will start again.
The fishermen drive dolphins in to a cove, using loud sounds which scare the dolphins. Some dolphins are sold and sentenced to a life in captivity. And many are killed in an inhumane way.
Here is a graph showing statistics from the Taiji Dolphin Drive last season. The information was found here http://www.ceta-base.com/drivefisheries.html The figures given before 2010 are official from the Fisheries Agency, the rest are based on witness accounts.
(Sorry, had to take a photo of my graph because I could work out how to insert it!)
The percentages are Released 22.9%, Aquarium 16.6% & Kill 60.5%
During this time (and according to the records) a total of 1486 dolphins were driven into the Taiji cove. Out of this number 899 were killed. Why?
My only answer for this is because they were not chosen by trainers for entertainment in sea parks. No dolphins should be in captivity but why can’t they just let the rest go free? Why kill them?
Dolphin meat should not be eaten due to the high mercury found in the meat. It is toxic and very dangerous. This cannot be the reason for killing innocent dolphins.
When I saw the movie The Cove I was very sad and felt bad for all the dolphins who suffered. We need to stop Taiji fishermen and stop the government from letting this happen.
Please tell everyone about The Cove.
Sign petitions and send letters http://savejapandolphins.org/take-action/sign-the-petition
And most importantly DON’T BUY A TICKET! Don’t support Sea World and other marine parks!