The landscapes of arizona may be beautiful, but i think we can all agree a desert is no place for a dolphin. dolphinaris has been open a little over a year now, but it only took eight months for them to have two casualties - brodie and alia. unfortunately it is probably only a matter of time before those that remain see similar fates. swim with dolphin attractions are dangerous and often deadly for the animals. they are exposed to diseases, foreign objects that could be easily ingested, and injury. in arizona, they are also being exposed to extreme temperatures up to 120 degrees, respiratory ailments from the dryness and dust, and even valley fever. if you notice, dolphinaris also sits directly against one of the busiest highways in the state - which must be absolute hell for these extremely audibly sensitive creatures. there is nothing humane or educational about this industry. don’t buy a ticket.
"taiji: preparations are underway for the annual whale festival called “taiji kujira matsuri,” which will take place in a few weeks. the festival features traditional dances and taiko drum performances, as well as homage to the town’s history. since the edo period, taiji has some of the oldest whaling history in all of japan. however, the cruel, modern day drive hunts for dolphin are not historic.
oct. 23 2018 5:00 pm #dolphinproject"
Photo by @brianskerry
a large, male harp seal blows bubbles in a display of territoriality beneath 25-foot thick pack ice in canada’s gulf of st. lawrence. the water temperature here was 28.5-degrees f (almost minus 2 c), but exploring this realm of the harp seal was absolutely stunning. unlike a frozen lake, the underside of this sea ice is like a mountainous terrain, with peaks and valleys. it is a convoluted and challenging world in which to navigate, at least for a diver, though the seals clearly have it well figured out. unlike some species of seals, harp seals are not especially interested in humans and don’t want to play. to produce underwater photos i often ‘hid’ amongst the ice and waited for them to dive down through small holes or through leads (cracks) in the the massive ice fields. for a story about these animals for @natgeo i lived on a fishing boat for weeks over two seasons and spent day and night with the seals.
Seaworld loves to say they love their dolphins, but according to ceta-base, there are 84 bottlenosed dolphins in their orlando park, and disovery cove. does that make any sense? 40 dolphins to orlando, and 44 dolphins in discovery cove. most dolphinariums have 1 to 10 amount of dolphins. not sea world!! they have 84 in just one reigon. i'm pretty sure that even though they are a dolphinarium, having 40 of one species on one park, and 44 in another park could easily lable them as animal hoarders.
not only that, they are in tanks that seems really small for the amount of animals there are.
and don't forget the dolphin nursery, where when one dolphin dies, it gets replaced almost immediatly, or in a few months. it's a constant cycle.