Liko (born at dolphin quest hawaii in 2000) practicing his somersault! 🐬
liko is recognizable by his distinctive pink belly and notched dorsal fin from a scar he got as a youngster. he is a quick learner and excels at coming up with new behaviors. #dolphinarisaz#liko
Dolphins do not belong in captivity much less in the desert! i visited the dolphinaris and odysea aquarium center in scottsdale, arizona on memorial day and it was jammed packed. i would say the parking lot holds upwards of 1500 cars.
there are 8 dolphins packed into these tiny pools that are only 10 feet deep; bottlenose dolphins can grow to be 13feet in length. as you can see there is a small shade cover that definitely will not fit 8 dolphins under there at once, not to mention there really is no shade over the pool itself. arizona gets very high temperatures most of the year as well as high winds and dust storms that can b**w into this pool easily. these dolphins are more likely to get sunburned and respiratory issues due to the climate.
looking at the picture of their prison, you can see they are right next to a freeway which is so loud and really hurts them since they are really sensitive to sound because their echolocation is their strongest sense.
the dolphinaris website claims that it is their duty to educate arizonians on dolphins and since we do not have an ocean near us, they are bringing ocean animals to us. this is absolutely absurd. bringing wild ocean animals to the desert and putting them in a pool to do unnatural tricks for humans does not bring us education what so ever. do not buy into this. do not purchase a ticket, do not support this cruel establishment where they steal dolphins from their families and sell them for profit.
let's shut this down. calling for all activists to help spread the word! if you are in arizona let's team up, educate the public, and show @dolphinaris how unwelcome they are here in the desert! @dolphinarisarizona