Dolphin Captivity Website) One big misconception about dolphins is that they are always happyand gentle, however, that is not always true. Dolphins have mixed emotions, similar to those of you and I. They can be angry, sad, happy, any emotion really. In the wild, they play, fight, andhunt. When placed in prisons that are in the ocean, but closed off from complete escape,dolphins continue these behaviors. For example, a pod of four dolphins was captured andplaced into an enclosed environment, and they started fighting over mates, “Unior was too swift.The two males tore around the lake, their ferocious battle broken by leaps and explosions of white froth, while harsh, dissonant buzzing and shrill whistles rang through the water. Unior wasmerciless. I watched as Juan and Unior twisted and tore at each other, lunging and pivotingpowerfully. Fighting to exhaustion, there were short periods of armistice while Unior recoveredhis strength. Juan, ragged and bleeding, surrendered.” (Lemieux, 99-100) This coherentlyshows that dolphins are not how most humans depict them. That fighting was caused becauseJuan got into a relationship with Unior’s mate, Choney, and Unior did not approve. In the wild,Juan would have been able to seek shelter from his family or could have fled, but in captivitythose efforts are futile. Holding dolphins in captivity is not educational; it implies a false image of dolphins.Holding dolphins in captivity is morally wrong and sends thousands of dolphins eachyear to an excruciating death. Dolphins are taken away from their families and are forced toperform for us. Dolphins have complex feelings and have sophisticated perceptions of what’shappening around them, including when they see their babies or mothers being slaughtered.23,000 are wiped out every year, and everybody who goes to Sea World, or any dolphinarium,is contributing to the slaughter. Sea World purchased dolphins from Chiba, Japan that wereoriginally captured in Taiji. The trainers that capture these dolphins may not even be fully awareof what they are contributing to. In fact, they assist the whalers in killing the dolphins. It hasbeen reported that one trainer sliced a baby dolphin’s throat. This clearly shows that sometrainers may be misleading when they say they are motivated only out of love for dolphins. If they really loved dolphins, they would not assist in the slaughter, or enslave them, but let themgo, and stop this slaughter. If we keep dolphins in captivity, they will continue to be slaughtereduntil they become the dinosaurs of today. If dolphins go extinct, people will wonder whathappened to them, and would be upset that they could not enjoy them. They point their fingersat our generation and think to themselves,
why didn’t those people do anything?
Even moreimportant, dolphins play a key role in the marine ecosystem. Without them, all of the other animals in the ocean will be wiped out as well, one by one. Without the oceans, many landanimals will go extinct too, due to lack of food from the ocean. Us land animals will go extincttoo, one by one, even us. If dolphins go extinct, in the future, there will be no food for us, andour planet would be like the others in our solar system:
Unless you want our planet tobecome like the others known to us, with no life, do
go to an amusement park that hasdolphins, or you will join the billions of humans that were accountable for the not only the deathof dolphins or ourselves, but our whole planet.