Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Swim with Dolphins Playa del Carmen

Swim with dolphins Playa del Carmen
Captive Dolphins Are Not Smiling
Don´t Swim with dolphins in Playa Del Carmen. It sounds exciting but every time you purchase a ticket to swim with captive cetaceans, you help to fund the capture and slaughter of  wild dolphins.

Corporations such as Dolphin Discovery, Dolphinaris, or Delphinus World both, directly and indirectly perpetuate the dolphin capture and slaughter in Taiji, Japan and the Solomon Islands.

"The Ugly Truth Behind Swimming with dolphins in Playa del Carmen"

Swimming with dolphins in Playa Del Carmen is indirectly funding, and directly incentivizing the annual slaughter of millions of dolphins world wide. Hotels and resorts throughout the Riviera Maya profit each year from the exploitation of captive dolphins in dolphinariums. Encountering dolphins is extremely difficult in the wild as most dolphins only interact with humans for a short period of time. 

Companies like Dolphin Discovery, Delphinus World, and Dolphinaris force dolphins to perform tricks by refusing to feed the dolphin until it has completed a task. These tasks include jumps, and allowing customers to ride the dorsal fin of the dolphin. 

Dolphin Discovery
Killing Boats Japan
This type of conditioning is called association therapy, the dolphins associate tricks with food, and if they do not perform they are not fed. Dolphin trainers would like to rebuttal this claim as incentivisation, but the cold honest truth is basically they are starving dolphins into submission. This is exactly the type of animal cruelty that you fund via swimming with dolphins in Playa del Carmen.

This is what they refer to as "world class medical care", when in fact it is simply "product maintenance"...
Starvation is not the only stress placed upon captive dolphins. The Dolphin Discovery, Puerto Aventuras dolphinarium houses dolphins in a small swimming pool next to loud and busy restaurants in order to maximise the sales potential of their swim with dolphins tours. Dolphins swim over 50 miles everyday while riding surf, socializing and searching for food. Dolphin captivity tears dolphins away from their family, and plunges them into a life of servitude.

Dolphins are extremely sensitive to sound, in fact they develop ulcers from the stress of noise pollution, that they are subjected to on a daily basis. This is the reason that Dolphin Discovery and Dolphinaris feed their captive dolphins with fish coated in medicine in order to fight the effects of these ulcers. This is what they refer to as "world class medical care", when in fact it is simply "product maintenance"

"For Every 1 Dolphin in Captivity, 17 Died..."

Wild dolphins riding surf
Wild dolphins riding the surf
Most people never take the time to wonder how did those dolphins that live in tight-nit, complex social groups travelling 50 miles a day end up on land in a tiny swimming pool.

Dolphinarium are not rescuing dolphins, how many sick or injured dolphins do you see in the ocean (perhaps one every five years).

I have been diving for most of my life, that´s over 2000 dives, and I have seen zero sick or injured dolphins in the wild.

Dolphinaris, Delphinus World and Dolphin Discovery captured... not rescued their original dolphins. Actually that's slightly inaccurate, they actually paid poor fishermen to capture the cetaceans (usually young females dolphins) for them. 

Anyone swimming with dolphins in Playa del Carmen will notice that the majority of the captive cetaceans are comprised of young females. As is the case with most species the females seem to learn faster than males. 

Entire pods of dolphins were captured, then the young females were singled out and taken. The rest of the dolphins either died during the stress of the capture, or soon after due to the injuries sustained during the violent rounding up, netting, and kidnapping process.

"Short sighted personal gratification should not come at the expense of something we love"

So if you are thinking about swimming with dolphins in Playa del Carmen, hopefully you are now aware of the contribution towards the continue exploitation and needless slaughter of wild free swimming dolphins that you are making. 

There are plenty of places where you can swim with dolphins in the wild under their terms in their own habitat, and not in a swimming pool, it just takes a little more effort.