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I’m extremely passionate about not having animals in captivity and making a profit from animal entertainment. therefore, it gives me such pleasure to say: it’s the dolphin project’s 48th anniversary! 🎉
progress - after years of campaigning against dolphin abuse in indonesia, wake bali dolphin, a tourist attraction in bali, just closed down 🐬
awareness & education - last month, dolphin project returned from its 15th season in taiji, japan (aka the cove), ground zero for the captivity industry. thanks to social media sharing, their videos have received over 100 million views😢 #thanksbutnotanks
taking action - last december, dolphin project confiscated two wild-caught dolphins in karimunjawa, indonesia, destined for the traveling circuses, with the surviving dolphin successfully released into her home range. 🐬 🐬 #dontbuyaticket
According to seaworld orlando, their 32-year-old male beluga, naluark, has been experiencing some recent “health issues”, including pneumonia. seaworld also stated that naluark has been improving over the past couple of days.
naluark was originally captured in 1992 at the age of 4 in the hudson bay, canada. over the past 28 years naluark has been transferred a total of 7 times between mystic aquarium, shedd aquarium, and seaworld orlando. he has sired 9 calves amongst the three parks he has lived at, while only 2 are still living.
* it’s important to note that pneumonia is a common cause of death for both wild and captive cetaceans.
Virgin holidays has announced it will be investing $300,000 with the non-profit national aquarium in baltimore to support the creation of north america’s first dolphin sanctuary.
the three-year, us $10-15 million project, which will rehabilitate seven dolphins in an as yet unknown florida location, is the first of it’s kind – and will hopefully serve as a blueprint for the ethical treatment of captive cetaceans.
virgin has been working with the world cetacean alliance to create new responsible whale watching guidelines, which it’s hoped suppliers will adopt over the next two years. “our vision is to create an outdoor facility where the dolphins will swim in natural sea water, with a vegetated shoreline (mangroves, sea grapes, etc), in a flexible habitat configuration featuring pools that can be customized to meet individual dolphin needs,” explains john racanelli, ceo and president of the national aquarium.
“an on-site clinic will be fully staffed with marine mammal experts and an attending veterinarian. the sanctuary will also serve as a centre for applied science that advances knowledge and conservation.”
how will the space compare to the dolphins’ current home?
“we are exploring sanctuary sites that are approximately 100 times the size of the dolphins’ current habitat, which is approximately 1.1 million gallons,” says racanelli.
“with more than 100 million gallons of water, there will be more distance and depth for the colony to swim and interact in a more natural environment.”
how will the dolphins be trained to adapt to new living conditions?
a three-year project is already underway, teaching the animals how to live in a more natural environment. they will be encouraged to drink water so their system can be flushed if they eat the wrong thing, the temperature in the tank will be raised to 26 degrees celsius to allow algae to grow, and they will be taught to swim onto stretchers in preparation for transport to their new home. #thanksbutnotanks#shamu#emptythetanks#dontbuyaticket#seaworldcares#blackfish#killerwhales#sanctuary#marinepark#captivitykills#animalabuse#mammal#captivity#tank#cetacean#dolphins#conservation#ocean#sea#sealife