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Curiosity on both sides by woxys Curiosity on both sides by woxys
To be honest, when I post dolphin photo, I always feel the strong tendency to disable comments. Why? Because I am not only tired, but FED UP with kids who just saw the Cove and now they consider themselves experts on dolphin captivity. Do not bother, kids. I know ALL those arguments, I used to be anti-dolphinariums as well. But then I read much more info and facst and even some interesting information about your god O'Barry. So all I can recommend is: USE YOUR BRAIN AND STUDY THE ISSUE PROPERLY BEFORE YOU MAKE AN OPINION - and SURELY BEFORE YOU START TEACHING ME!

I, of couse, respect opinions of people who are very interested in an issue, read many books and are still against the dolphin captivity. I have NO problem with that. But I will be always annoyed by kids who base all their attitude on ONE movie, which is in fact no documentary, but rather ideology based movie.


Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus, delfin skakavy) from brand new dolphin lagoon ZOO / dolphinarium Nuremberg, Germany :D

The animal was NOT forced to leave the water and get on the shore. Next time the trainer asked the dolphins to get outside of water, they refused to do that and trainer just laughed. Of course, dolphins were fed PROPERLY. Famous "ohmgggdz, if dolphinz do not performz, they has no fishey and starvezzzz" is only a myth spread by activists.

For those who love dolphins, there is a DOLPHIN MUG!


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:bulletblue: I sell a colourful mug edition with wolf and fox and big cats photos! :aww:


Thank you for your comments and faves :hug:


Name: Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Location: warm and temperate tropical oceans worldwide
Size: 2 - 4 metres long weight: 150 – 650 kg
Diet: fish, cephalopod, crustacean
Conservation status: Least Concern
Interesting facts: dolphin is a mammal, not a fish! Baby dolphins always drink mother milk | dolphins have bigger brains, than humans | dolphins usually live in groups | dolphin is one of few animals, who kill not only for food! Dolphins are well-known for killing porpoises, their smaller "cousins". Male dolphins are also known to rape the females. Male dolphins even kill baby dolphins to make their mothers want to mate again. Dolphins are not that cute and nice animals, as many people think. They have no problem to kill a shark and they sometime annoy or sexually harass swimmers in the sea | dolphins use very effective echolocation to search for prey | dolphins are time to time found washed ashore, too often dying – nobody knows, why this happens.
Relationship with humans: people keep dolphins in aquariums and dolphinarius, where the animals perform special tricks – dolphins very easily learn those tricks | there are scientific researches about dolphins, which usually prove their high inteligence | dolphins appear in many human legends | some dolphins help people to hunt fish throught whole generations of both, people and dolphins | US army uses dolphins, teaching them to find mines and so on... | in some parts of the world, wild dolphins come from their own will to interact with people


To see more, look at my WATER ANIMALS GALLERY :aww:

This photo belongs to me and I can very easily prove, that it was me, who took this shot. So please, respect my copyright :nod: if you want to use my work, ask me first to gain my permission, please! Thank you :lol:
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redxheadxgurl Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I LOVE seeing dolphins... the intelligence and curiosity in their eyes just makes me smile every time. :)
Paraceratherium Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
There is a term in media called "aid fatigue". A good example is the bombardment on our senses about how desperate peoples in poor countries are for the basic necessities of life. It gets tiresome. All of it is all bullshit made up by anthropocentric spin doctors trying to guilt trip you into sending money or moral support.

Here is how this is related to dolphins and conservation: Some islands in the Pacific routinely capture dolphins for food and sale to oceanariums. Dolphin sales give them extra income and hopefully lift them out of poverty. But they're still living in squalor! No one should ever be moved to compassion by human poverty at the sacrifice of the environment! We all depend on the environment!
We live in the 21st century; therefore, no culture should ever be hunting cetaceans for food! And yes, I, and others of like thought, am well justified to criticize other cultures who have abhorrent practices. We who value animals and the environment over people are not the villains. It's those anthropocentrists, who are idiots (especially those in rich countries), who are. They are the enemies of the poor, because they lock them in a cycle of poverty in their misguided efforts to raise their standard of living. Noone in the Third World needs to live like someone in the industrialized world! The planet can't support the population we have!

It's funny how all this aid is sent to developing countries and yet we don't observe any results to improve their lot. Yet when we send money to environmental efforts and animal welfare we actually get results. Helping the environment and animals has direct benefits to humans.

Someone has to be a complete idiot to believe every human is obligated to value the needs of humans over this planet and its other citizens. That someone is an even bigger idiot if he uses religion to justify his views. What makes us human is the ability to choose. We who choose the Earth and its non-human citizens over people have made the right choice. We don't try to stop anthropocentrists from helping other people so they should extend us the courtesy by shutting up and staying out of our way when we try to make this a better place to live.
RoxMad Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Beautiful lighting, which enables the gorgeous, unique, natural colors in this photograph. I love the closeness, and really the colors make this photo! It is rare to be able to get natural dolphin coloration without some gaudy blue hues. Lovely job!
Aneirasilvermoon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
"Hai" ~ Dolphin
Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting. I assume conditions vary from venue to venue, but seeing as the positive reinforcement, zero punishment, clicker training methods for dogs was adapted from training methods used for dolphins.... I would assume dolphin training is years ahead of dog training in that regard.... and therefore pretty darn progressive. But I never really thought about that.
Lotopauanka Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
As I like your work I don't like the comment - you want people to respect you, while you call them "kids" - this is humiliating. But it is your choice of expression...
Bottlenose dolphin's brain is bigger than human brain. Dolphins are aware of themselves - they look in the mirror and see selves. They also call each others by names and probably use more sounds to communicate than us. Only because they haven't develop sense of power and greed doesn't mean that they enjoy captivity more than you would enjoy being kept captive.
I am pretty much against any animal captivity, because humans have not right to decide about another species fate, but I don't think it's gonna change any soon...
If being close to wild species, taking good popular pictures of them and have a chance to hug a fox or two justifies for you keeping such genuine creatures as dolphins, limited to some tank filled with water - it's your choice and conscious. Maybe you would consider becoming wild nature photographer - much more challenge and real wilderness experience.
I love animals myself, I'd love to see and pet all of them, but I have this thought, that if the fact, that I didn't have a chance to ever see them, would save their lives and guarantee them free wild life I would never try to meet them...
woxys Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I mean: take your illusions away and be realistic.

How many animal species does your "ALL THE ANIMALS MUST BE FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" petitions and shouting save?

Unlike your idealist crying, ZOOs in fact really DO save animal species, even returning them back to the wild, saving whole populations.

Zoos ACT to save the animals - yet you, in the name of your unrealistic idea "freeeeee animalaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas for all the coooooosts!" in fact make their work more difficult.

Yeah. I in fact really despise all those people who - although they have NEVER done anything to really help the animals - are critizing the ZOOs and dolphinariums.

Yay for such facilities. As a realist and an animal lover, I am grateful for them and all the good they have done for animals.

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woxys Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
you know nothing about this issue. Very obviously, you did not study the issue properly before you started talking about it - I have recently learned to not spend time with people like you, who SHOUT, but are lazy to learn arguments. You are just loud. That is all you have :)
woxys Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I am currently figthing against a travelling dolphin show, which is supposed to arrive to my country in two weeks. In fact, I am right now writing a letter for a minister of my country, trying to stop this travelling dolphin circus.

You know how much all those famous antidolphinarium activist like O Barry helped us?
They... did.... NOTHING.

They focus only on modern and estabilish dolphinariums. And they absolutely do not care about much worse issues like travelling dolphin circus in the middle of Europe.

This gave me the final drop - I now see that most of antidolphinarium activists are hypocrites. I - although I support modern dolphinariums - do much more to stop that circkus that those, who LOUDLY shout ALL DOLPHINS MUST BE FREEEEE!, but when it comes to acting, they do not move their butt.

Yes, you are right - they have ABSOLUTELY no respect from me.
Not now.

And no, I do not want to be wildlife photograher. Any good dolphinarium and any good ZOO gave much more good for animals than ANY of you - idealists, who keep TALKING about "oooooooooooooooh, every animal should be FRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!". ZOOs ACT to help the animals. Most of you idealists only taaaalk and sign petitions. Yet you still consider yoursellf better than those specialists and ZOO workers.

I am honestly fed up with this.
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