Dolphins are built for speed, every inch of their sleek grey bodies has been contoured by evolution to be one of the fastest, most agile predators in the sea. But while their bodies are like speeding bullets below the surface, above water they are fragile and can easily injure and even die. That's why it was so upsetting to see trainer at the Dubai Dolphinarium abuse a helpless dolphin in plain sight of paying park-goers.
In a video that has since gone viral, we see one of the marine animal park trainers playing with a dolphin that had beached itself on the poolside to perform a trick. Then she straddles the cetacean and sits on its back right behind its dorsal fin. Dolphins bodies are unable to support their own weight outside of water so when a full-grown person sits on them it puts the animal at danger. They could break bones or end up with seriously damaged organs.
Dolphin trainers should know this better than anyone but it seems that, for the Dubai Dolphinarium, putting on a good show is more important than the health of their animals.
While from the video it seems that the trainer had only mounted the dolphin for less than 10 seconds. Incidents like this are exactly the reason animal welfare advocates call for an end to animal captivity in general and marine animal captivity specifically. Marine mammals like orcas, dolphins, and seals are intelligent beings and shouldn't be holed up in cages or tanks, forced to do tricks for thousands of people a day. Tell authorities that you want the trainer and Dolphinarium to face animal abuse charges for putting their animals in harm's way. And tell the Dubai Dolphinarium that animal captivity is wrong. And demand that they give their dolphins to a sanctuary. Sign now