[2015] Ximena Valerdi Charles: Dolphin Captivity

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[2015] Ximena Valerdi Charles: Dolphin Captivity

•Releases should be done depending on the dolphin's health. •They should be released close to a population of dolphins they would naturally be a part of, and into an area which is not heavily polluted.

Is it bad for dolphins who are in captivity to be sent back to the wild?

Contribute to dolphin's life span•Diet; captive dolphins are often fed a strict diet that may not include the prey they normaly eat or be prepared in a way they would normally consume it.•Closed environment; being separated from the wide and open ocean.•Lack of a strong social structure; being separated from family and potential friend dolphins.

Do dolphins that are kept in water tanks have shorter lives?

Dolphin Captivity

By Ximena Valerdi

“Dolphins are perfectly evolved to live and flourish in their wild ocean home, not within the confines of a human-made concrete tank or artificial lagoon.”

•Vomiting, head bobbing, pacing/circling, self-mutilation, biting on gates and bars, and tongue playing. •Most marine park fans and supporters will think that the behavior is “cute” or they are having fun. •Some of these can become dangerous situations

•Some facilities keep dolphins in natural sea water•Pools are carefully maintained to prevent harmful bacteria from accumulating •Chlorine can kill off healthy bacteria on the animal's skin which may lead to skin infections and cause dolphins' skin to come off and eye squinting

Is chlorine in the water tanks good for dolphins’ health?

What are some of the unnatural behaviors dolphins do while in captivity?


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