Dolphin venues try to sell the illusion of conservation, but the reality is the life of a dolphin in captivity is a tragedy. Whether cruelly captured or bred in captivity, they are held in tiny enclosures, deprived of their instinctive, social and physiological needs, and are trained to do tricks for humans through cruel methods like food deprivation. Donate today and you can help make this the last generation to suffer.
From a distance Oceana looks shiny and happy, leaping through the water and waving her fins at the tourists. But when you get up close you realize she is a very different dolphin. When she is not performing, you will see she is listless, tired, moving only when commanded for food.
One of her eyes is completely closed and the other is swollen and weeping. The end of her beak is covered in white scars and scabs. It looks sore and painful. Many of her teeth are missing and the rest are worn down flat. There are recent rake marks (large deep scratches) overlaying each other on her head.
If you saw her like this, you would not believe she was OK. But the tourist lens and the lies that the trainers are told to tell stops people from seeing the truth. This has to stop.
Dolphins belong in the wild, which is exactly where Oceana was captured near the Solomon Islands. Along with another two females and three males she was brought directly to the dolphin park where she still lives, miles from the sea in blinding white, shallow, concrete tanks.
Since her arrival, approximately 13 years ago, she has been forced to breed again and again and all of her babies that survived have been forcibly removed from her while still far too young. There are three that we know about, one of which is still in the same park, separated by metal bars in another tank. This might explain why her teeth are so worn down.
Oceana will probably spend the rest of her life in this same small tank being touched by hundreds of tourists, having to perform, being forced to breed, losing her babies. There is no room to swim free, dive down, no fish to eat when she wants rather than when she has done what she is told. Everything has been taken from her, even her body is not her own. Whatever the cause, no wonder she weeps.
I hope you will join us in making this the last generation of dolphins to suffer. Make a gift today and you can be a voice for the voiceless, like Oceana