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Dolphin from ZOO Nuremberg, Germany :)


Do you know that after watching the"Cove", many people immediately became specialists on an area of dolphin captivity? In my eyes, it is a kind of pathetic. VERY pathetic.

Do you know that REAL dolphin lovers knew about Taiji's drive hunts LONG TIME before the Cove was released?

Do you know that creator of the Cove cooperated on a documentary about a return of a captive dolphins to the wild? This documentary ended with a dolphin heading to freedom and with a comment, that the dolphin happily swam to freedom. In fact, the female was scared and returned back to the pen in a sea, refusing to leave it. It was later moved to another dolphin facility. Her conditions improved a lot. But the point of a documetary was: ,,a dolphin who lived in captivity was SUCCESSFULLY returned to the freedom and to the ocean." This was not true. Why the hell do so many people trust a guy, who has already made a ,,documentary", whose main point was a LIE?

Do you know that the creator of the Cove was sued and had to pay a fine, because he released two captive dolphins who had no chance to survive? Fortunately, they were found soon - starving, begging for food, injured. This guy simply wanted to free them, having no care for results. The results of his "wish" were two scared and SUFFERING animals.
Is this really what a dolphin lover is supposed to do, people?
No. In my opinion, people who prefere their IDEAS and WISHES to real lives of real animals are DANGEROUS fanaticans.

Do you know that dolphins live up to 25-30 years in the wild, but they can reach more than 50 years in captivity?

Do you know that when antidolphinarium fanaticans speak about short life span of captive dolphins, they use VERY old info? In the past, dolphins were kept in terrible conditions. They were dying young. They were weak and probably suffering in incredibly small tanks. But it changed a LOT! Now they usually live in huge tanks and in perfect conditions, so they have perfect care and fun.

Antidolphinarium acticists often say that dolphins swim a lot in the wild, but they can not swim that much in dolphinariums. Do you know that dolphins swim many miles a day NOT for fun, but because of desperate attempt to find some fish for eating? *facepalm* it is a fight for survival, not any ,,hey, bro dolphin, let's swim 100 Km for fun right now, ok?"

Do you know that if people say ,,free the dolphins", it means ,,kill the dolphins?" Because only two dolphins were returned to the wild successfully - that's because they lived in captivity only for 2 years. Another animals were starving, dying, confused and unhappy, so they were saved by being brought back. Captive dolphins do NOT know how to catch a fish. Bringing a captive dolphin to the wild is the same like bringing a young New York's guy to the African jungle, happily saying ,,hurray, you are now free in a land of your human origin!" You can imagine the happiness of such an unlucky person. And you should imagine the confussion, fear, starving and terrible, terrible loneliness and suffering of a dolphin, who has been released to the wild.

Do you know that Europe and USA are NOT allowed to keep any captured dolphin anymore? They breed dolphins very successfully, so there is no need to capture new animals for dolphinariums. It is even strictly forbidden by laws!!!

Do you know that when ZOO Nuremberg wanted to build better facility for its dolphins, antidolphinariums activists did their best to stop it? It was supposed to signifficantly improve the living conditions of the dolphins. But activist prefered the ,,all dolphins must be freeeeee" motto, although those dolphins can never be free and although the only way how to help them, was to build better tank for them. Fortunately, those selfish people, who prefere their abstract ideas over the lives of REAL dolphins, lost and the Lagoon was built. Dolphins now have much bigger space for playing.

Do you know that only few years ago, even in Europe dolphins were killed on purpose, because they were declared rivals of fishermen? People who killed a dolphin even got rewards from estabilishment. Thanks to DOLPHINARIUMS, dolphins became extremelly popular animals, who are now beloved and protected. This change of the mind was caused by dolphinariums. Every real dolphin lover should be grateful for that.

In my opinion, it is ok to keep dolphins. But the facility must be MODERN, offer huge and deep pool and excellent medical care. I agree that there are also some bad dolphin parks, especially in poor countries. Such facilities need to be closed down! But I have no problem with modern dolphinariums, because they offer great living conditions to dolphins.


I USED TO BE ANTI DOLPHINARIUMS FOR MANY YEARS.
THE MAN, WHO CREATED THE COVE, USED TO BE MY HERO.
BUT THE MORE I LEARNED AND STUDIED ABOUT THE ISSUE, THE MORE I SUPPORT GOOD AND MODERN DOLPHINARIUMS.
USE YOUR BRAIN, PEOPLE!
FOR EXAMPLE PROTESTING AGAINS THE PLANNED EXTENSION OF CURRENTLY EXISTING DOLPHINARIUM POOLS WILL NOT HELP THE DOLPHINS. IT MIGHT GIVE YOU SOME STUPID SELFISH FEELING ,,I DO SOMETHING FOR THE DOLPHINS WHEN I PROTEST". BUT IN FACT, YOU ARE JUST DOING YOUR BEST TO PREVENT THE DOLPHINS FROM GETTING BETTER LIFE CONDITIONS. How stupid.
I have studied this area for many years and I am kind of fed up with kids who saw ONE movie and they feel like experts on this issue :roll:

JUST STUDY THE ISSUE properly! If you think that one manipulated documentary with strong ideologic background can really show you the truth about dolphin captivity, then you are.... well, not using your brain.
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redxheadxgurl Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Of all the aquariums that I've seen that keep dolphins, NONE of them have kept them in bad conditions. However, I have not personally seen many aquariums that do keep dolphins. I too get frustrated when people see one or two small things, and all of a sudden think they're experts. Do the research, real, legit research, go visit some of the places that you're disparaging, and then we'll talk. 
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redxheadxgurl Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, and the photo is amazing. Sorry, meant to open with that. xD
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Azleah44 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
so, this is a bottlenose dolphin, correct?
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woxys Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
yes
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful photo! I agree on your statements about dolphins. Videos can be very influential but not always in a good way. People really do need to THINK for themselves.
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
thanks, I think so!
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Perxio Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Lovely photo, and thank you so much for this informative description. I always tried to stay out of the debate, but I feel that so many people basing their viewpoint JUST on one documentary with a very clear ideological agenda is a really, really bad idea. It's really important to base an opinion on a topic like this on information from both sides and judge from there. I wasn't aware that people were actually insisting on setting captive-bred animals into the wild and expecting that to go well. And that they had tried to do that. How awful. I WISH reintroducing wild animals back into their natural habitat was that easy. Oh, of course I'm fully aware that it's entirely possible, and has been successful, but it isn't by any means as easy as putting them in the wilderness and leaving it at that.
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
thank you for your opinion! :nod: I agree!
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Scostell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well done. Very well done - including the information that you have honestly studied. I have also studied all of this... The Cove was a frightening documentary that I sort of suspect was meant to scare people. It was of course an educational video as well, but seeing a decapitated dolphin is a searing, painful image.
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you posted this. Too many times have I seen people pick up a cause without researching the issues at hand. People like to spout information without taking the time to see if it's true. This is why I love your posts so much. :hug: You information is so well done. Great job!
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
thank you very muuuch :hug:
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JayCouls Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You paint the wild as though dolphins are constantly fighting for survival, on the verge of starvation "desperate to find fish." Have you ever actually seen a wild dolphin and observed their lifestyle? Have you worked with animals at all? I have. Dolphins are constantly in motion when they are mating, socializing, playing, etc. Do you really believe that if a dolphin in the ocean were given food, it would no longer have a need to travel but would be content living the rest of its life in a tiny cage? With the whole ocean to explore and a brain capable of comprehending and retaining vast amounts of information, perceptions, even higher emotions, such a claim is entirely indefensible. Contrary to your belief, and ideologies pushed by the captivity industry, dolphins do not operate or thrive solely on basic physiological necessities (see Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs) Thanks to dolphinariums, several populations of wild cetaceans have been driven to the brink of endangerment and even extinction.
The US banned wild capture after activists revealed to the government thhat it was detrimental to cetacean populations. Dolphinariums fought against it tooth and nail. In addition, the concept of rehabilitation has clearly gone soaring over your head. You say you have studied this area for many years yet your ignorance is glaring. Not to mention the level of immaturity in your communication and thought processes. Captivity isn't automatically an ethical practice because "The Cove" contained "lies." At this point, pro-captivity activists need to use scientific facts, scholarly publications, logic and/or philosophy to ethically justify captivity of sentient beings. Until you can do that, your petty endeavors are useless and you're misinforming all these good people. I am an anti-captivity activist and the world's leading biologists and conservationists (Jane Goodall, Jacques Cousteau, Ken Balcolmb, Ingrid Visser) are on MY side. Is it just me or are the most intelligent, scientifically - minded intellectuals in the world anti-captivity? Do you ever wonder why that is?
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woxys Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Jacques Cousteau himself caught several dolphins for dolphinariums :) how comes that do you do not know that?
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JayCouls Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Jacques Cousteau caught dolphins for captivity, as did Ric O' Barry. The realities of the industry turned them against it. Jacques Cousteau was anti-captivity, as is Ric O' Barry.
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AngelicDragonPuppy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice picture, and the info is much appreciated! I haven't seen the Cove (or even heard of it), but dolphins in captivity had bugged me for quite some time and the facts you relayed answered a lot of my concerns.

I do have to ask, though; what are your thoughts on orcas in captivity? They're a fair bit bigger than dolphins, and thus all that much harder to maintain...
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woxys Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
good question... I am honestly NOT sure if people can provide really good conditions for orcas :( I think it would be possible only with some huge pen in the sea, so there would be 30 m deep enclosure... and so :(
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AngelicDragonPuppy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yah, that's how I feel too. They're just so BIG it's hard to provide proper room for them--I mean, elephants are big, too, but making a big fenced in area is a lot easier than dealing with a huge amount of water ;___;
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Scostell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
did you see the enclosure they made for Keiko? It was beautiful! He got live salmon that he learned how to hunt, and real ocean water pumped through it. It was MASSIVE and in the ocean. I think it was done in ... Norway maybe? I can't remember exactly, but take a look at it
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AngelicDragonPuppy Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will, thank you for letting me know :)
It's just a shame that most orcas don't recieve that level of care.
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00BlacKBerrY00 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Actually,I remember there is a delphinarium here too, so I take those words back :p
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00BlacKBerrY00 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful photograph. And also thank you for the info. I never saw The Cove, and dolphins didn't quite interest me, but I learned many things from your article. I always dreamed of visiting a dolphinarium ever since I was young, too bad in our country we lack one(or luckily we don't have one,I must say). We had an aquapark where they kept two but I heard they died of old age. I don't believe them because I imagine the poor conditions the dolphins where kept in.
I never knew that you can't release a dolphin back in the wild..they always seemed in my eyes so adaptable because of their supposed intelligence...
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Enairee Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:( Poor Woxys, it's unfortunate you have to deal with ignorant/rude people like that. They don't need to be throwing tantrums just because they don't fully agree with what you say. I for one don't disagree; when they actually invest into the care of their animals, people can do good. Especially when they're bred, not captured. That is the biggest factor and people ignore it so easily; for whatever reason be it they're religious and don't believe in evolution or otherwise; people can't be thrown in a desert or jungle or temperate forest without civilization and survive (if they don't already have the knowledge to do so) because our instincts are the last thing we go by in society anymore. Why should a dolphin that has been bred in captivity know how to survive if they're not taught as well?
Think about it.

I like how his/her eye is lit up.
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woxys Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
yeah, people do not care about reality, they love to spread ,,freeeeee the dolphins" shit :/
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Enairee Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well all you can do is support the people who do it right.
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Creativeness Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012   General Artist
it is smiling :D
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JamesTeshPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
And I love the photo btw :)
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JamesTeshPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
even without dolphinariums I am sure people would still love Dolphins as they are beautiful and graceful creatures, keeping an intelligent animal such as Dolphins and Orca in captivity is completely wrong and immoral. Lets keep you in a small enclosure with very little social interaction and freedom and lets see how long it is before you start being affected psychologically and physically. But I guess that's my opinion :P
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woxys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
why did they kill them, then, hm? ;) why did estabilishments stop paying rewards for killed dolphins? Because THANKS TO DOLPHINARIUMS, dolphins got popular and it was not acceptable to support such killing anymore.

strange: for centuries and centuries, people were killing dolphins as their rivals.
But soom after dolphinariums started, people started loving and protecting dolphins.

What a strange event :P
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JamesTeshPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It is Human nature and will continue to be Human nature to kill anything that we see as inferior to us, it's part of the Human condition. We will continue to destroy species for our own selfish gain, whether that is hunting them, destroying habitat or whatever. The fact that dolphinariums exist won't stop any of this from happening. I have seen no evidence linked to dolphinariums and a decline in killing them. Although feel free to link any articles, I'd be interested in reading anything on the subject.

I pose the same question again, what would you feel like if you were locked in a small room with no escape and little to no social interaction?
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woxys Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
yes, I would prefer to living in modern hotel Hilton with regular high quality food and fantastic medical care and time to play, being safe all to time to living in a never ending civil war, where me and my kids can be killed every second, so I am 24hours a day in terrible stress and 100% of my time means fighting for life.

I would prefer safety in luxury hotel.
Because only idiots think that wild is romantic, cool and animals are comfy there :)

Happy? :)
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JamesTeshPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I can respect your opinion. But I couldn't call being locked up without the ability to leave an ideal situation, no matter how nice the cake was :)
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K4ll0 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Imo dolphins (and apes) are far too intelligent to be kept in captivity, no matter how good the living environments might be. Even the biggest pools are ridiculously tiny compared to what nature can offer so I'm very much against dolphin captivity. Unless a species is endangered of course, then a good zoo/facility is the lesser evil.
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woxys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
your opinion ;)
I am grateful that thanks to dolphinariums, people love dolphins and protect them :)
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very well stated.
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Lunchi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Great photo of her. I like how you caught her eye.
And great rant :D Many people feel so extremely proud and intelligent for watching The Cove... What a stupid movie! It even makes people believe, that Japan is the only country in the world that slaughters dolphins and it makes people believe, that dolphins caught in Japan are exported to dolphinariums worldwide. But yeeeaaah what a great educative movie....
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HitByABlimp Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Captivity sucks. Ofcourse some facility's are great but what about Miami Seaquarium? That's the worst park i've ever seen! Captivity isn't so great as it seems. Ofcourse animal activists knew about the Cove but normal people like me and many others can do literally NOTHING about it. That's so great about Rick Obarry because he stands for something he believes in!
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woxys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
yeah, Hitler also stant for something he believed in ;)
Rick Obarry had to pay a fine, because animals suffered because of him. They suffered because he did what he believed to do. tragical, sad... SELFISH!
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0rcinusorca Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I have personally met Rick O'Barry.

Did you know he was the primary trainer for the Dolphins in the 1960's Flipper TV series?

Did you know what the life event was that changed him? When one of those Dolphins looked him in the eye, took her last breath and died in his arms.

Did you know that he was pivotal in the release back to the Atlantic Ocean of the two Dolphins, Joe and Rosie, the Dolphins that were part of Lilly's JANUS project? I worked on JANUS too. He was instrumental in teaching them how to eat live fish again before releasing them.

He's doing good work.
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woxys Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
yes, I know :)

your opinion, feel free to keep it :D
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0rcinusorca Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I understand. To some truth is just opinion. :P
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woxys Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
haha! sure, TRUUUUTH ;)
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0rcinusorca Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Yea, some of it is hard to accept sometimes, but after 30 years of working with this stuff I've picked up a lot and get to be able to sort through it and get a fuller, more accurate picture having looked at all sides of the issue.
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HitByABlimp Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
You say dolphins live upto 50 years in captivity? why is that that NONE have lived to or past 50 in captivity? i really wanna know ^_^ ?
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rebeccauponastar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
because thats just the way theyre built. why dont we live to 150 to 200 years? im curious.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Narwhals can live to 115 years and Bowheads are the oldest mammals in the world - a very healthy animal was caught and aged at 211 years! Imagine how old he could have become :)
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rebeccauponastar Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
true but thats a whole other species.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I just thought it would be interesting to know :) I believe the oldest dolphin species known is J2, or Granny. She's a killer whale and 101 years old :)
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rebeccauponastar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
thats pretty sweet.
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woxys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
NONE have lived to or past 50 in captivity? - there ARE more than 50 years old dolphins in captivity, look it up.
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HitByABlimp Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Tom and Misha, two bottlenose dolphins was released after 2 years of captivity and they are doing just FINE :) So never say never. Taking a chance is worth it :)
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