Fri, 8 February 2019
Dolphinariums in North America are thriving. I just came back from a trip the Caribbean where I saw advertisements for "swimming with dolphin" experiences. People flock to these tourism attractions because dolphins are such an iconic species that everyone loves (except some don't).
We see advertisements for dolphinariums all of the time, but we rarely think about the effect of the facilities on the animals. Dolphins tend to perform and interact with humans most days of the week. The frequent interactions are stressful on the dolphins, where the stress could lead to infections or diseases as the immune system is weakened due to stress (just like in humans). Stress is difficult to noticed and often goes undiagnosed, especially when the animals are the main attraction.
Tourists often don't realize the stress the animals are under and rarely speak about concern for their health until an animal, or in today's case, 4 animals die at 1 facility.
Dolphinaris Arizona, a dolphinarium in the desert that opened in 2016, has had 4 dolphin deaths at their facility. Some "experts" are chalking it up as sad while real experts are worried about the stress on the animals.
Listen to the episode to find out how two of the dolphins died and why the facility is temporarily closed. Also find out why experts say the dolphins at this facility were stressed.
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Direct download: SUFB_S696_DolphinsKeepDyingInArizona.mp3
Category:Dolphinarium -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT
Mon, 12 November 2018
I am delighted to have Sophia Wasserman on the podcast today to discuss a new published study (Open Access) on the public's perception of Dolphinariums (Swim with Dolphins experience) in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
I was surprised to see the results of this study and understand how a dolphinarium could seem reasonable for an island environment to have, especially when jobs are scarce and there is a booming tourist industry.
Sophia takes us through the study's methods and results as we discuss the implications of the study to perception of dolphinariums.
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Direct download: SUFB_S623_PublicPerceptionOfDolphinariumsWithSophiaWasserman.mp3
Category:Dolphinarium -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT
Wed, 26 September 2018
There are so many marine parks that hold marine mammals in captivity in Asia. It's ridiculous!!! It seems that the marine mammal theme park in Asian countries is thriving, except maybe it has hit a bit of a downturn. A marine park just outside Tokyo, Japan closed its doors due to low attendance. The problem is that the owners LEFT THE ANIMALS AT THE PARK!!!!
Fish, penguins and a lone dolphin named Honey was left behind with only a few people to take care of there well being. This is just a small problem with the lack of accountability of these types of theme parks.
The Rick O'Barry Dolphin Project team was allowed to visit the dolphin to check on its well being. The team reported that the dolphin was in water that was below standard and that it didn't swim around the entire 2 hours of the visit.
How can anyone leave an animal abandoned like that is beyond me!!!
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Direct download: SUFB_S578_DolphinariumAbandonsDolphinPensguinsAndOtherFish.mp3
Category:Dolphinarium -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT