This is the moment a speedy dolphin blasts out of the ocean - hitting heights greater than a double-decker bus.

A pacific white-sided dolphins leaps from the waters near Vancouver Canada [BARCROFT]

Published: Wed, November 6, 2013

The beauty of the natural world was shown as the powerful mammal was among 1,000 Pacific white-sided dolphins spotted leaping more than 15ft in the air near Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Wildlife photographer Michael Patrick O'Neill, 46, caught all the action on camera as the animals hunted in the cold water.

He said: "They were casually travelling but when they saw the boat, they sped up and started to play. 

"Several animals were launching themselves very high into the air almost like missiles. It was overwhelming and pure excitement. There was so much going on it appeared the sea was boiling with dolphins."

 A pod of pacific white-sided dolphins leap from the waters [BARCROFT]

From the photographer who captured the scene:
"They appeared to be having a very good time and playing."

The Pacific white-sided dolphin live in groups between 10 and 100 strong and are very sociable, with each member having its own particular name-whistle.

Their intelligence and agility has made them popular additions to many theme parks around the world.

The dolphin emerges from the waters [BARCROFT]

Mr O'Neill, from Florida, USA, added: "Seeing these beautiful animals in the hundreds, if not thousands, jumping, playing, feeding and socialising in their native habitat shows their social nature and need for wide, open spaces, and how wrong it is to imprison them in captivity where they are exploited. 

"A dolphin, or any marine mammal in captivity is simply a shadow of its wild counterpart."

The dolphin in his native habitat [BARCROFT]




The Born Free Foundation, together with all members of ENDCAP, has joined a pan-European Alliance of animal welfare organisations to challenge the European dolphinaria industry. The European Alliance to End Dolphin Captivity (EAEDC) aims to raise awareness about the damage captivity often causes these intelligent animals, expose their unregulated wild-capture which is used to maintain an unsustainable industry, challenge the significance of Dolphin Assisted Therapy (DAT) and campaign to halt the numbers of new captive facilities being built in Europe and surrounding countries.

Captive dolphins and whales (collectively known as ‘cetaceans’), like thousands of other wild animal species, are victims of the captive animal industry. Confined to small, cramped and featureless tanks filled with chemically-treated water, the captive environment is so different to the vast oceans from which many have been captured. Known to suffer from stress, aggression, reduced life expectancy, breeding problems and ulceration often caused by the chemicals in the water, captive cetaceans have an extremely bleak future in the hundreds of dolphinaria and marine parks around the world.

In Europe, these wild animal species, as with all wild animal species kept in zoos, should be protected under the European Zoos Directive (1999/22/EC) and facilities are thus obligated to meet standards in animal care, public education and conservation commitment. However in many cases, captive cetacean facilities appear to be falling through the legislative net.

The import of 12 bottlenose dolphins from the notorious Japanese Drive Hunts into Turkey, the establishment of new dolphinaria in Spain and France, the increase of Dolphin Assisted Therapy in Europe, plus a recently released paper raising concerns about the direct contact with the dolphins in swim-with activities, have caused cetacean experts to call on the European Community to seek greater protection for Europe’s Forgotten Animals.

The Born Free Foundation, together with all members of the EAEDC need your help and support of this campaign. We want to ensure captive whales and dolphins have a voice and receive greater protection in Europe. Together, we aim to collect over one million signatures to help convince politicians and the Commission in Brussels that something needs to be done to help these beautiful, charismatic wild animals.

Signatories to this petition do not believe that whales and dolphins in captivity are subjected to a suitable environment as required by the Directive 1999/22/EC*, and therefore request an immediate ban on the construction of new dolphinaria and a prohibition of the trade in whales and dolphins in the EU Member States, EU Applicant Countries, Turkey, and Switzerland.

The capture of dolphins, their trade, and keeping in captivity cannot be justified from an animal welfare or species protection point of view.

* relating to the keeping of wild animals in zoos

Download a printable version of this petition here (388KB pdf)

The European Alliance to End Dolphins in Captivity is comprised of the following European and International organisations: Born Free Foundation, Dolphin Days, European network to END the keeping of wild animals in CAPtivity (ENDCAP), Ocean Care, Pro Wildlife, Robin Des Bois, Underwater Research Society – Marine Mammals Research Group, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), - Ein Projekt des Schweizer Tierschutz STS and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

Photo credit: (c) A. GANNIER



September 24, 2013
A Ukrainian group that trades in dolphins has come under unflattering scrutiny in connection with a captivity debate over a planned Qatari dolphinarium. 

The issue arose after Qatari Dolphin Discovery & Research was forced to withdraw a suggestion that National Geographic was sponsoring or otherwise involved in its intent to house and show the dolphins.

Such entertainment projects are increasingly popular around the world but fiercely criticized by activists who reject the hunting or capture of such highly intelligent animals as dolphins and whales.

In the Qatari case, animal-rights activists accuse the group behind the Nemo Oceanarium in the Black Sea city of Odesa, Nero/Nerum LLC, which is reportedly tasked with supplying the animals for the Qatari project, of propping up one of the world's most widely criticized animal slaughters.
They have traced Nero's Pacific bottlenose dolphins back to a roundup and killing facility in Taiji, Japan, which was the subject of the Academy Award-winning 2009 documentary "The Cove," which included an appeal to end the Taiji slaughters.

The Japanese export documents are available here and here (thanks to U.S.-based digital journalist Elizabeth Batt).

The Ukrainian company, Nemo, has defended itself by saying it gave the animals a "second life" by acquiring them "from a quota meant for cooking in Japanese restaurants."

The Qatari group's Twitter account, "Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research," meanwhile suggested "those animals are rescued from the shore and many of them are declared as 'can't survive in the wild' because they are either blind, deaf or physically disabled."

But animal-rights advocates dispute that interpretation, saying such trading in live dolphins plays a significant role in perpetuating the lethal roundups.

The criticism of the Qatari facility also elicited an eye-opening series of tweets on the "Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research" account. It lashed out at Westerners (and Americans in particular), accusing them of "screwing up the whole region" and "kill[ing] by bombing shooting or striking men, women, kids, animal, green" while chiding others about animal rights (see image, below).

A contributor to the International Whale Protections Organization quoted the National Geographic Society as saying in a statement that it "is unfamiliar with Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research, and has not provided sponsorship support. Our name and trademark were used on their Facebook page without our knowledge or permission."

-- Andy Heil



By Elizabeth Batt
Sep 23, 2013 

Doha - A newly planned dolphin aquarium in Souq Waqif, Qatar, lied about a National Geographic sponsorship and then launched an incredible display of bad PR.

At the end of August and in preparation for opening, Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research announced on its Facebook page that its new marine mammal show was being sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

The announcement immediately raised several red flags after learning that the temporary lease dolphin show was being run by Ukrainian company NEMO or Nerum LLC, a business that has purchased and imported dolphins captured in the cruel Taiji dolphin drives.

Requests for denial or confirmation were sent to NatGeo's media office on Sept. 16 and 19, but went unanswered. Finally on Sept. 20, the National Geographic Society issued the following statement:
The National Geographic Society is unfamiliar with Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research, and has not provided sponsorship support. Our name and trademark were used on their Facebook page without our knowledge or permission.

So why did Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research lie?

Emma Morris

One can only assume that an endorsement from one of the leading research and conservation organizations in the world would legitimize Qatar's planned display and future endeavors.

The executive director of Qatar Dolphin Discovery is Kareem Maghraby, a dolphin trainer who describes himself on his Facebook page, as the "minister of awesomeness in Egypt."

With that attitude in mind, it was no surprise then to note that the sponsorship statement soon disappeared from the company's social media page. What was a surprise however, was the responses issued to the public; they incorporated perhaps the worst PR ever noted. A sample of these responses, courtesy of Emma Morris, can be seen below:

Emma Morris

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Lessons learned
The Taiji dolphin drives which were featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, run between September to March every year. Last year, according to, 1,486 dolphins from six species were driven into the cove.
Compared to earlier seasons, where up to 90 percent of the dolphins captured were slaughtered, around 58 percent of animals were killed last year. Due to increasing global demand from the captive industry, the number of cetaceans captured for public entertainment is increasing, while the slaughter percentage is decreasing.

So for Qatar Dolphin Research to say it rescued a few from death is nonsensical. Were it not for the demand by companies such Nero/Nerum LLC, many conservation groups believe that the dolphin slaughters in Taiji have a real shot at ending.

In an article written Sept. 2, by Courtney Vail of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Vail explained, "The high prices paid for live bottlenose dolphins are a powerful incentive to continue these hunts in Taiji."
Vail also noted how organizations are complicit in perpetuating one of the worst dolphin slaughters on the planet:
Although bottlenose dolphins may be spared slaughter for just the month of September through an official agreement brokered by WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquaria) and JAZA (Japan Association of Zoos and Aquaria) which seeks to distance the captivity industry from the actual killing in the cove, this 'dolphin management protocol' does nothing to address the continued collusion of the captivity industry in underwriting the slaughters that occur in Taiji.
There are lessons by visitors to be learned about the shenanigans of the captive marine mammal industry. Entertainment parks are profit-based enterprises, and their primary goal is always to make money.

To highlight that dolphin slaughter is not acceptable, a group of concerned dolphin advocates are planning coordinated action against Qatar Dolphin facility by hosting a Tweetstorm on September 25.
Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research may not have the savviest PR team, but the basis for their reasoning is one commonly touted by marine parks on a global basis.

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September 17, 2013 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins
By Femke den Haas
Wildlife protection and Rehabilitation Coordinator
Jakarta Animal Aid Network

NOTE: Femke den Haas and her group in Indonesia have led efforts in Indonesia for many wild animals, including working closely with Earth Island to protect dolphins.  Femke recently became a member of Earth Island’s staff as a monitor for tuna fishing to ensure such fishing is done in a Dolphin Safe manner.  Here is her report on what is happening in Indonesia with dolphins.  – Mark J. Palmer

Indonesian fishermen respect dolphins.  In 2010, when the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) conducted a survey throughout Indonesia, all the fishermen answered that they would never want to harm dolphins.  Some replied that dolphins help them find fish; some replied dolphins help them when they are facing problems in the sea; and others that they simply like to interact with them in any positive way.

One story by a fisherman in Karimun Jawa even confirmed that dolphins had helped him to get back ashore when his boat broke down 10 miles from the coast.  Dolphins are the “humans” of the oceans, and fishermen are very aware of that in Indonesia.

Yet, there  continue to be a few areas where conflicts between people and dolphins occur.

In Riau province, when dolphins were captured as “bycatch” (supposedly by accident), the fishemen would sell the dolphin meat on the fish market as “cow meat”, as the red color and texture of dolphin meat is very similar to beef.  Fortunately, few would buy and eat this meat.  A campaign conducted by our JAAN team in 2010 had positive results – the few fishermen involved with this practice stopped catching the dolphins immediately.  They are now to release the dolphins alive if they are accidentally caught.

Another continuing problem is the captures for commercial dolphin shows in Indonesia.  Wild dolphins are protected under strict laws, but the commercial circuses continuously capture them to be exploited and abused in their shows by using the loopholes in the law to claim that the dolphins were “accidentally” entangled in fishermen’s nets and need medical care; they then claim the dolphins are unreleasable. 

Our JAAN team interviewed the few fishermen involved with the catching of the dolphins, and their coordinator clearly stated on film that he feels horrible about doing this, as the dolphins “cry like babies” and are just like humans. But the circus pays big money for the dolphins, and that is why he captured dolphins for them.

Earth Island and JAAN recently prevailed upon the Indonesian Minister of Forestry, which oversees dolphins in captivity, to close down the traveling dolphin circuses.  He agreed the circus was inhumane, but shortly after his decision, the circuses opened up again under a new name.  It seems the Ministry of Forestry is likely rife with corruption.

JAAN and Earth Island, however, did not give up and instead obtained the pro-bono services of one of the most prominent attorneys in Indonesia, Mr. Hotman Paris, who has never lost a case.  

He arranged a signing on August 19th by the Forestry Minister and the owners of the traveling dolphin circus of an agreement to shut the operation down permanently.  JAAN’s staff will follow up to ensure that the dolphin circus stays closed.  A lawsuit is pending to enforce the agreement.

This is a tremendous victory, as this is the last traveling circus to use dolphins left in the world.


Posted by Administrator on 8/31/13  
Categorized as Jaan News, JAAN Today

In 2009 one phone call at the office of Jakarta Animal Aid Network opened up a long and intensive campaign against world's last dolphin traveling show. The person calling was concerned about the poor conditions of the dolphins inside a 'dolphin traveling circus' and witnessed one dolphin dying during the show. Since that time JAAN started to campaign on all levels to try and halt this cruelty and groups, students and also Indonesian public figures started actively to speak out against these traveling shows, which all condemned as cruel. In February 2013 the minister of forestry, Zulkifli Hasan, made a public statement that dolphin travelshows are illegal yet the circuses continued to operate. On August 19th all the businesses running dolphin shows in Indonesia had to undersign a paper stating that they would no longer operate any traveling show. Surely the next step should be to rehabilitate and release the dolphins back to freedom. Lawyer Hotman Paris has offered to provide legal assistance for this purpose and support JAAN to end the ongoing intimidations by the circus owners towards JAAN activists and to uphold its MOU signed with the Indonesian Forestry department in 2010 concerning the protection, rehabilitation and release of dolphins. Rehabilitation facilities for the dolphins have been built with the financial support of the Earth Island Institute and under the supervision of worldfamous dolphin rescuer Richard O'Barry, but until today the world's largest and permanent facility has remained empty. It is time Indonesia follows the footsteps of many other countries like India an Korea; ban dolphinshows and release captive dolphins.

For more information please contact; Femke den Haas. +6281314962608
Pramudya Harzani +6281311113412




By Hannah Sentenac Wed., Sep. 18 2013 at 10:30 AM 
Categories: Environmentalism

Miami native Ric O'Barry is one of those rare individuals so utterly devoted to his cause, so passionate and heartfelt, that he inspires generations of followers to stand alongside him. Since the 1970s, he's been working tirelessly to save dolphins from being slaughtered and captured across the globe - a fight which was captured in the Oscar-award winning documentary The Cove. And his organization, the Dolphin Project, has its roots right here in the 305.
After a former career as a dolphin capturer and trainer at the Miami Seaquarium, O'Barry had a revelation and began working to rehabilitate and release these highly intelligent, sensitive mammals and end the captive dolphin industry once and for all.

This Friday, O'Barry will be headlining an event at Luna Star Cafe as part of a fundraising event to help support his efforts. We spoke to the legendary advocate about how Miami inspired his career, how he deals with the horrors he's witnessed and how all of us can step up to help.

See also: Is the Ringling Brothers Circus Abusing Its Animals in Miami?

Cultist: You just returned to Miami from the annual slaughter in Taiji. What's it like this year?
Ric O'Barry: This year was historic according to the Associated Press wire services in Tokyo. That story was in over 200 other newspapers, and soon they're doing a much more in-depth story. There are four different Japanese groups of people and individuals who are coming forward and stepping up to do something about this annual dolphin slaughter. That is historic. I see the time when the Japanese activists will take ownership and I won't have to go there anymore. I'm thrilled about that. It's really hard to go from here. You fly all the way to Tokyo, it's something like 18 hours, take a train and go to this remote area of Japan and you're basically looking at Dante's Inferno for dolphins. If you saw The Cove, you're looking at the Disney version of what happens. When you see it in full color -- the sounds, the smells. Once you've seen it you can't unsee it. And once you get home you're bringing all these images with you. You turn the light off at night and 'Oh my God here we go again...' I've been doing that several times a year for the last 11 years. To see them step up, to me it's like, finally, it's light at the end of the tunnel.

How did Miami and the Seaquarium play a part in your creation of the Dolphin Project?

Well, the Dolphin Project was a result of my leaving the Seaquarium. I actually went there for the first time on opening day, Christmas day 1955. I was on leave from the Navy, so my mother and my two brothers and I went. It was only the third dolphinarium in the world. I stood there looking into the window in the main tank and it blew my socks off. You could see underwater! 300-pound sea turtles, starfish, dolphins were swimming all over the tank. There was a guy walking around in the bottom of the tank and he was feeding all of these creatures. It was a ding moment -- I realized that's what I want to do. And five years later when I got out of the Navy, that's what I did.

My first day on the job was on the capture boat. We went out and captured dolphins and were shipping them to different places. Flipper had just started, so Seaquarium made a deal with MGM where they'll supply the dolphins and a trainer if they filmed there. So for seven years I lived in that little house on the Flipper set and it's when I left that the Dolphin Project began. I was there for 10 years -- seven years with Flipper and three years training dolphins and killer whales. Then, after Earth Day 1970, I was doing the exact opposite, I was un-training them and putting them back.

How do you deal with the horrific things you see when you're on site at the dolphin slaughter?
Not very well. I must say it's very, very difficult. I don't, I just do the best I can. Insomnia is involved, probably post-traumatic stress disorder. Yeah there's a lot of things. It's very difficult for me to put that in words.

Have you seen any changes on the side of the people engaged in the slaughter since you started 11 years ago? How do they react to you?
Well, there's that 'they' word again. We have to really be specific who we're talking about. There's a worldwide boycott of Japan, but the Japanese people are not guilty. Of the people of Taiji, there are 3,353, I think, living there, but there's only 50 guys who are doing this. [Most people in Japan] don't do this and they're not guilty, but they get blamed for it. It's amazing how a small minority of people can create so much ill will towards an entire nation of 127 million people, most of whom don't even know it's going on.

If you're in Japan, it becomes very obvious that everyone's dancing as fast as they can to just pay the rent. It's very expensive and they work hard all day long. They don't have time for issues.

One of the things we're doing is getting a lot of young Japanese people together, and there's no better way to do that than through rock and roll. We're doing a benefit in Tokyo and everybody in the band that's playing has a very high media profile in Japan. Everybody is an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's the whole band from Guns 'n' Roses except for Axl. They all are totally into this and recognize the value of doing this benefit in Tokyo and getting a lot of young Japanese people together to celebrate the dolphin. There are places in Japan where it's the opposite of Taiji. They protect dolphins, they give them names, they swim with them. You never hear about that -- you only hear about these 50 men and what they're doing. We want to bring attention to what's right about Japan.

What do you say to people who don't see anything wrong with dolphins in captivity?
We're exposing what's going on. We're not cultural imperialists -- we're there to work with the Japanese people and hope that they will step up and do something about it and that's starting to happen.

In addition to The Cove, I'm hoping people will watch another documentary called Blackfish which will be on CNN worldwide on October 24. If they see that, they will not be buying a ticket for the Miami Seaquarium or Sea World.

Sea World's stock has plummeted since the film; that's the way to educate the public. It's all based on supply and demand like any other project. When people get the information they can do something about it, but most people don't have the information because this is a multi-billion dollar industry. They have the public believing that dolphins belong in captivity, that they're there for education and research and conservation -- that's the big lie. Blackfish and The Cove expose that lie and that's why their stock is plummeting.

Don't buy a ticket -- that's the best, most peaceful way to solve the problem. Don't wait for the government to solve it. They won't, they profit from it. Last year Sea World alone made 1.4 billion in profit. They pay taxes just like you and I do, and where does that money go? The government is not going to fix it. It's up to the people.

What else can people do who want to help the cause?

Go to, whether it's supporting us as we need funding or they can sign a pledge not to buy a ticket. They can generate a pre-written letter to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums who have the power to stop these dolphin captures. They can take action at that website, go there and look around -- they'll know what to do.

O'Barry will be appearing Friday night at the Luna Star Cafe along with several of his fellow advocates who just returned from Taiji. Back in the day, the likes of David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett and Bob Ingram performed at similar benefits to support O'Barry's efforts, so who knows what future legends you might see. Proceeds will benefit O'Barry's return trip to Japan and upcoming Tokyo benefit concert. $10 or more donation requested. The evening runs from 8 to 11 p.m. and you can check out the details on Facebook.

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By Elizabeth Batt

Sep 18, 2013 - 3 hours ago

Doha - A new temporary lease dolphin show run by Ukrainian company NEMO or Nerum LLC, is opening in Qatar. According to the show, National Geographic is sponsoring their endeavors, despite NEMO's import of dolphins captured in the Taiji dolphin drives.

Based in Souq Waqif, Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research has been posting the progress of dolphins-in-training on their Facebook page over the past several weeks.
The new marine mammal display facility which states that it is aiming, "to entertain people of Qatar by attractive show and dolphins encounter," is being sponsored by the state's Ministry of Tourism.
Dolphins from Nerum were first sent to Souq Waqif last February for a spring festival show. Now it seems the show will continue under the sponsorship of National Geographic, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world.

On August 27, Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research announced the following on its Facebook site:

Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research

Given that Nero/Nerum LLC has purchased dolphins captured from the inhumane Japanese dolphin drives, the sponsorship by NatGeo is a surprising one for many.

This CITES export permit dated Sep. 30, 2010, clearly shows that Nerum imported five male and one female Pacific bottlenose dolphins from Dolphin Base in Taiji, Japan.
Even more recently, just last May in fact, Nerum acquired another 20 Pacific Bottlenose from the same facility, as this CITES permit shows. The company accepted delivery of a further 16 female and 4 male Pacific bottlenose dolphins.
The Ukrainian-based Nemo/Nerum justifies purchasing the dolphins by saying it rescues the animals from death. After hosting a birthday celebration for a newborn dolphin, the aquarium stated (translated):
Pacific bottlenose dolphins and Dzhýla Kustó - were bought from the Japanese fishermen from the quota meant for cooking food in Japanese restaurants. Saved from death, dolphins ... got a second life.


The Taiji dolphin drives which were featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, run between September to March every year. Last year, according to, 1,486 dolphins from six species were driven into the cove.

Compared to earlier seasons, where up to 90 percent of the dolphins captured were slaughtered, around 58 percent of animals were killed last year. Due to increasing global demand from the captive industry, the number of cetaceans captured for public entertainment is increasing, while the slaughter percentage is decreasing.


The largest purchaser of dolphins from Taiji is inevitably China, but in the last few years, new countries have also entered the picture. Thailand, Saudi Arabia; Egypt, Republic of Georgia and yes, the Ukraine, have all purchased dolphins from Japan for their aquariums.
Last season, Isana Fisheries Union selected 156 bottlenose dolphins for captivity. If they sold all of them, it would net the union between six-seven million dollars. When compared to dolphin meat which sells for much less, about 2,000 yen (about US$16) a kilo, it is easy to see the dynamics of the dolphin drive shifting from sustenance to live sales.


Dolphin Base, where the captive dolphins have been exported from, maintains and trains the dolphins captured in the Cove. Owned and operated as part of the hotel named Dolphin Resort, the Base works directly with fishermen to secure dolphins for their own shows and for sale abroad.

Trainers that work for the Base, are even ferried into the Cove via the fishermen. They then select prime specimens for captivity. Those dolphins not selected, are then horrifically slaughtered for meat.
The slaughter is horrendous. The dolphins are killed individually by hand, in a method that involves repeatedly ramming a metal rod into the base of its head. After a recent analysis engineered by Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Dr. Andy Butterworth from the University of Bristol (UK) announced this brutal killing method, "leads to significant hemorrhaging and likely paralysis, and results in a slow death through trauma and gradual blood loss."
It is difficult to imagine therefore, how any conservation group could endorse any show or company that continues to promote these appalling methods.


According to the non-profit group, National Geographic's aim is, "to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world's cultural, historical, and natural resources."

The Taiji dolphin season is again underway with a fisherman's quota of 2,013 animals. Just eighteen days into the season, 31 bottlenose dolphins have been seized for aquariums and two pods of short-finned pilot whales have been slaughtered.
It is hoped therefore, that if NatGeo has sponsored a Nemo-run show, they will withdraw that sponsorship forthwith. Questions issued to the group on Monday about their involvement in Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research, have yielded no response to date.
Further data on where Taiji dolphins are being exported to is available in 'Tracking Taiji: Live Capture & Export Data from Drive Fisheries'.

This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of

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Virgin in deep water over dolphin claim

(29 August 2013)

A customer complained to advertising watchdogs after discovering that dolphins in a resort advertised by Virgin Holidays as offering Dubai's "first and only marine animal rescue and rehabilitation facility" had neither been rescued nor rehabilitated and had in fact been taken from the wild. The dolphins are kept in what Virgin described in its brochure as a state of the art lagoon facility at the Dolphin Bay Atlantis, part of the Palm Atlantis Hotel, where guests are able to swim with the marine mammals.

To try and justify itself Virgin submitted a letter to the ASA from the resort which stated that the dolphins at the Dolphin Bay facility came from an existing facility, the Solomon Islands Marine Mammal Education Centre. Dolphin Bay Atlantis stated that their definition of "rescue" was to save from a dangerous or distressing situation and by "rehabilitation" they meant providing treatment designed to facilitate the process of recovery from injury, illness, or disease to as normal a condition as possible. Although equipped with rescue equipment, since opening, there have been no strandings in the area, and the resort has no reason to use their facilities.

Where they are now...

Where they came from ....

Marine Connection comments; “This is a plain and simple case of whitewashing the truth. We have no doubt that this ‘spin’ on the reason for the dolphins being held at this resort has been established by the Palm Atlantis PR department to justify the existence of this facility, when in fact the Palm, almost single-handedly, were responsible for captures for export being re-established in the Solomon Islands (SI). When the Palm Atlantis was being built the owners placed an ‘order’ with Chris Porter (who was at the time part of a company in the Solomon Islands), to capture dolphins for their new facility. Prior to this time, organisations including the Marine Connection, had worked tirelessly with the authorities in the SI to have a ban put in place, making the capture and exportation of dolphins from Solomon Islands waters for the purpose of entertainment illegal and after much consultation this was achieved.

When Virgin commenced advertising this facility many years ago, we did contact them giving a full background of the captures and the situation surrounding the dolphins at the Palm, however they obviously felt this was not of sufficient importance to stop promoting The Palm to their customers, or even acknowledge our correspondence addressing the concerns over the way in which the dolphins at this facility had been acquired. Sadly, with so much financial gain on offer from Dubai, Mr Porter persuaded the authorities in the SI that it would be beneficial for them to recommence these captures and dolphins were taken from the wild and exported to the Palm Atlantis.

We are delighted that this complaint has been upheld and that customers of both Virgin Holidays and the Palm Atlantis can now decide whether they wish to support companies who profit from the capture of animals from the wild simply for entertainment.”

The ASA acknowledged that the resort was, in a manner of speaking, a rescue and rehabilitation facility for marine animals, in that it had the necessary equipment, expertise and license, however it noted that the resort had not rescued or rehabilitated any animals. It was concluded that the ad was misleading. Virgin has taken the decision to remove the claim "Dubai's first and only marine animal rescue and rehabilitation facility" from their marketing.

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ANTALYA – Doğan News Agency
A dolphin reportedly forced to perform for entertainment has died of cancer due to stress, an animal rights group announced, demanding that the facility holding some three other dolphins be closed and for animals to be freed.

The dolphin died in Moonlight Dolphin Park in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya’s Kemer district yesterday and there are still three dolphins being used by the facility, according to the initiative “Freedom for Dolphins Platform” (Yunuslara Özgürlük Platformu).

Ayışığı Facility’s Moonlight Dolphin Park was sold by its owner to Selicor Tourism and the Dolphin Show Center in it was sold to Ergün Tourism, which holds therapy sessions with disabled children. 

A dispute between the owner of the facility and the renters moved the sites to the court and the public prosecutor closed the park down on Aug 12. 

The dolphins’ destiny was left in an uncertain situation from then on and one dolphin died of cancer yesterday.

The platform asked officials to determine the reason of death and for the other three dolphins to be examined in case of a contagious disease, requesting for dolphins to be transferred to a special area for them as the park is set to remain closed permanently. 

The platform’s representative Öykü Yağcı said Antalya holds a record in Turkey by hosting five dolphins show parks.

At Sealanya Dolphin Show Center, some four dolphins had died in succession in 2010, but there had been no legal investigation into the case.

The initiative also asks for “the captivity of marine mammals that has been going on in nine different facilities in our country to be ended.” 

“In dolphin parks, an outdated sense of entertainment which lacks empathy is imposed on our children. These captive marine animals, far away from their natural habitats and natural behavior, are misrepresented to our children who eventually become part of this dirty commerce,” the group says.

Dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals and walruses are among the species which are forbidden to hunt. 

Keeping them in captivity and using them for commercial purposes is a violation of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, which is also signed by Turkey, the platform states on its website. 

The Dolphin Park in Antalya’s Kaş, which received strong criticism from NGOs for using the animals for show, was finally closed in May. 

Two dolphins kept in captivity in a dolphin park were transferred on April 25 to the Moonlight Dolphinarium in Kemer following an outcry over their treatment.

The dolphins were previously brought to Kaş for rehabilitation from the Aegean province of Muğla’s Bodrum town but were in fact kept at the center that used the animals for entertainment.

Photo credit : DHA Photo

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The sea protection organizations:
Whale and Dolphin Protection Forum :WDSF & Whale Protection Actions : ProWhal
1. The closing of the dubious facility in Harderwijk
2. A breeding ban
3. A ban of all shows with whales and dolphins
4. The immediate beginning of the the so-called reintroduction program of the Orca Morgan and all dolphins and harbor porpoise


Where do the Captured Taiji Dolphins Go?
September 21, 2010

In the early part of the 20th Century, zoos around the world paid mercenaries to obtain animals for them. These mercenaries would attack an entire band of mountain gorillas. They would slaughter all the adults and capture the babies for shipment to zoos in Europe and America. They would sell off the parts like the hands and heads to collectors. The meat was referred to as “bush meat.”  

This was acceptable behavior then, although most people would be horrified if zoos continued to do this today.

Zoos have long abandoned the slaughter capture approach to securing specimens. Marine aquariums have not.

This is exactly the method used today by many marine aquariums around the world: Capture an entire pod of dolphins, select the prime specimens, and kill the rest for meat and trophies like dolphin teeth and skulls.

Taiji is a place where dolphins and small whales are captured for sale to marine aquariums. The ones that are not sold into slavery are slaughtered. The zoo collection techniques once so common and now totally unacceptable elsewhere remain common practice in Japan.

The marine aquariums that purchase these captured dolphins are complicit in the slaughter, and any person that patronizes these seaquariums are also complicit in these brutal killings. If you pay admission to such an establishment, you are helping to kill dolphins and whales. It’s as simple as that.

There are nine Taiji dolphins now in Egypt. Four are being held in very poor conditions. They are actually being kept in a private swimming pool. There are five more dolphins from Taiji that have been shipped to Egypt in the last few days.

Other Taiji dolphins have been shipped to Mexico, Turkey, Dubai, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea. Many have gone to the 50 Japanese marine aquarium facilities.

In past years, Miami Seaquarium, Sea World, and Indianapolis Zoo have received captured dolphins. This is no longer happening. Or is it?

And apparently the United States Navy has purchased dolphins from Japan to be trained for military purposes like guarding ports and planting mines.

Sea World has publicly condemned The Cove, and they have stated as nonsense that Sea World would purchase dolphins from Taiji.

Yet just this year Sea World applied for a permit to import a pilot whale from Japan.


From the Federal Registry, January 4th, 2010 – Summary

Notice is hereby given that Sea World, Inc., 9205 South Park Circle, Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32819, has applied in due form for a permit to import one pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) for the purposes of public display.

The applicant requests authorization to import one male nonreleasable stranded pilot whale from Kamogawa SeaWorld 1404-18 Higashi-cho, Kamogawa, Chiba, Japan to Sea World of California. The applicant requests this import for the purpose of public display. The receiving facility, Sea World of California, 1720 South Shores Road, San Diego, CA 92109-7995 is: (1) open to the public on regularly scheduled basis with access that is not limited or restricted other than by charging for an admission fee; (2) offers an educational program based on professionally accepted standards of the AZA and the Alliance for Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums; and (3) holds an Exhibitor's License, number 93-C-0069, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. §§ 2131 - 59).


Source (21 Sept 10):

The permit stipulates that the whale must have been stranded. Driving a pilot whale up onto the beach at Taiji is effectively stranding it.

Fifteen pilot whales were slaughtered in The Cove yesterday and yet Sea World has no problem importing a pilot whale from a nation that slaughters thousands of dolphins every year.

This makes every person who purchases a ticket to Sea World complicit in the horrifically cruel slaughter of pilot whales and dolphins.

These dolphins, so cute and so intelligent that spectators applaud and cheer as they perform tricks at marine aquariums around the world, are literally dying a slow death of agony for the amusement of a jaded public that simply does not care what the price of their entertainment costs in suffering and death.

Every time a dolphin jumps through a hoop at Sea World or any other facility that enslaves dolphins, there is a history of horror that brought that dolphin to perform for their amusement.

Not much different really than the animals that died in the coliseum for the amusement of Romans two thousand years ago.

The dolphins of Taiji are just dying to amuse us.


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List of dolphinariums

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of known dolphinariums worldwide. Many of these places are more than just a dolphinarium, but are themeparks, marine mammal parks, zoos or aquariums that may also have more than one species of dolphin. The current status of parks marked with an asterisk (*) is unknown, these parks may have closed down, moved, changed names or no longer house any dolphins. Due to the large number of facilities worldwide, this list may not be complete. Facilities only housing porpoises are not listed.

Though Egypt and Russia are transcontinental countries, for the sake of keeping information together, they have been listed under Africa and Europe respectively.


Dolphina Sharm el-Sheikh Park[1] (appears to be the same as "Dolphinella show")[2][3]
Egyptian Media Production City dolphinarium: Magic Land Theme Park
South Africa[edit]
Bayworld Museum and Oceanarium[4] (Dolphins have been relocated to Ocean Park, Hong Kong in July 2009. Exchange dolphins from Ocean Park, Hong Kong will again be housed here after upgrades are completed.)
uShaka Marine World[5]


Yerevan Dolphinarium
The Dolphin Resort[6]
Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Guangzhou Ocean World[7]
Wuhan Baiji Base[8]
NanJing Under World[9]
Ningbo Ocean World[10]
Shengya Aquarium, Dalian
Polar Ocean World, Tianjin
Beijing Aquarium
Changsha Underwater World
Gelanggang Samudra at Ancol Dreamland[11]
Kish Island Dolphin Park, Kish Island

Dolphin at Dolphin Reef, Eilat

Dolphin Reef, Eilat[12]
List of Aquariums in Japan Directory of Public Aquariums in Japan
Asamushi Aquarium – Aomori, Aomori
Aqua World – Oarai, Ibaraki
Aquamarine Fukushima
Awashima Marine Park[13]
Dolphin Base (dolphin trader)[14]
Dolphin Resort[15]
Echizen Matsushima Aquarium[16]
Enoshima Aquarium[17]
Futami Sea Paradise[18]
Inubosaki Marine Park, Choshi[19]
Dolphin Island (Iruka Jima)[20]
Izu-Mito Sea Paradise[21]
Kamogawa Seaworld[22]
Katsurahama Aquarium[23]
Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park[24]
Kinosaki Marine World[25]
Marine World Uminonakamichi
Marinepia Matsushima Aquarium[26]
Minamichita Beach Land Aquarium[27]
Misaki Amusement Park Aquarium[28]
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Adventure World (Nanki Shirahama)[29]
Niigata City Aquarium (Marinepia Nihonkai)[30]
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe (Hokkaido Marine Park)[31]
Notojima Aquarium[32]
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Otaru Aquarium[33]
Shimoda Aquarium[34]
Shinagawa Aquarium[35]
Suma Aqualife Park[36]
Taiji Whale Museum[37]
Toba Aquarium
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park - Libertad Bago, Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental
Ocean Adventure - Subic, Zambales[38]
Dolphin Lagoon[39]
South Korea[edit]

Dolphin show at the Safari World dolphinarium in Bangkok, Thailand

Dolphinarium at Seoul Grand Park
Jangsaengpo Whale Museum, Ulsan[40]
Pacific Land, Jeju-do[41]
Aqua Planet, Jeju-do
Ocean World (Taiwan)[42]
Oasis Sea World[43]
Safari World dolphinarium, Bangkok
Adaland Dolphinpark[44]
DolphinLand, Beachpark[45]
Istanbul dolphinarium[46]
Hotel Marmaris Resort & Spa - Dolphinpark[47]
Troy Aqua & Dolphinarium[48]
United Arab Emirates[edit]
Dubai dolphinarium[49]
Atlantis, The Palm (Dolphin bay)


Boudewijn Seapark Dolphinarium, Bruges[50]
Festa Dolphinarium, Varna[51]
Fjord & Bælt Centret[52]
Marineland d'Antibes
Parc Astérix
Planète sauvage[53]
Allwetter Zoo Münster[54]
Duisburg Zoo
Nuremberg Zoo
Attica Zoological Park
Saedyrasafnid Aquarium
Aquarium of Genoa
Delfinario Rimini[55]
Gardaland SPA
Zoomarine Rome[56]
Lithuanian Sea Museum, Klaipėda[57]
Mediterraneo Park Malta[58]
Harderwijk Dolphinarium[59]
Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa[60]
Zoomarine Algarve[61]
Constanța Dolphinarium[62]
Moscow Zoo *
Oceanarium of TINRO-Center, Vladivostok (only Beluga whales)[63]
Sochi Dolphinarium[64]
St. Petersburg Dolphinarium[65] *
Utrish Dolphinarium, Moscow[66]

Bottlenose dolphins performing at Marineland Mallorca

Barcelona Zoo, Barcelona
Delfinario Aquapark Octopus *
Aquopolis Vilaseca[67]
L'Oceanogràfic, Valencia
Loro Parque, Tenerife
Marineland Cataluna[68]
Marineland Mallorca[69]
Mundomar, Costa Blanca
Selwo Marina, Benalmádena
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid, Madrid
Kolmården Wildlife Park, Bråviken bay
Aquamarine, Sebastopol *
Karadag Biostation *
Odessa/Lanzheron Dolphinarium[71]
Partenit Sanatorium Dolphinarium *
State Oceanarium of Ukraine (Military), Sebastopol[72] *
Yevpatoria Dolphinarium *
Nemo (City Dolphinarium of Kharkov)[73]
Koktebel Dolphinarium, Koktebel, Crimea
North America[edit]


Marineland of Canada
Vancouver Aquarium
Acuario Aragon[74]
Amigos del Mar[75]
Delphinus Cancún[76]
Delphinus Riviera Maya[77]
Delphinus Xcaret[78]
Delphinus Xel-Ha[79]
Delphinus Costa Maya[80]
Parque Nizuc/Wet'n Wild Atlantida Cancún[81]
Delfinity Ixtapa[82]
Dolphin Adventure[83]
Dolphin Discovery Cancún[84]
Dolphin Discovery Cozumel[85]
Dolphin Discovery Mayan Riviera[86]
Dolphin Discovery Vallarta[87]
Parque Acuatico Cici Acapulco[88]
Parque Marino Atlantis[89]
Six Flags México
United States[edit]
Brookfield Zoo, Illinois
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Discovery Cove
Dolphin Quest Hawaii[90]
Dolphin Quest Oahu[91]
Dolphin Research Center
Dolphins Plus[92]
Georgia Aquarium
Gulf World Marine Park[93]
Indianapolis Zoo
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Long Marine Laboratory / Institute of Marine Sciences, Seymour Center[95]

National Aquarium in Baltimore dolphinarium

Marineland of Florida
Miami Seaquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration (only Beluga whales)
National Aquarium in Baltimore
Science Applications International Corporation / Spawar[96] (military, NMMP)
Sea Life Park Hawaii
SeaWorld San Diego, California
SeaWorld Orlando, Florida
SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas
Shedd Aquarium, Illinois
Six Flags Marine World's Shouka Stadium, San Francisco
Texas State Aquarium
Theater of the Sea
The Dolphin Connection[97]
The Dolphin Institute / Kewalo Bassin[98]
The Mirage Dolphin Habitat (also known as Siegfried & Roy's Dolphin Habitat), Las Vegas
Walt Disney World's The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion


Pet Porpoise Pool[99]
Sea World
French Polynesia[edit]
Moorea Dolphin Center[100]
Dolphins Pacific[101]
Solomon Islands[edit]
Solomon Islands Marine Mammal Education Centre/Marine Exports Limited[102] (trade facility)
South / Central America and the Caribbean[edit]


Dolphin Discovery Anguilla[103]
Mar del Plata Aquarium[104]
Mundo Marino[105]
Atlantis Paradise Island - Dolphin Cay[106]
Dolphin Encounters Blue Lagoon Island
UNEXSO / The Dolphin Experience Lagoon[107]
Hugh Parkey's Belize Dive Connection[108]
Dolphin Quest Bermuda[109]
British Virgin Islands[edit]
Dolphin Discovery Tortola[110]
Prospect Reef Resort, Tortola[111]
Cayman Islands[edit]
Dolphin Cove, Grand Cayman[112]
Dolphin discovery, Grand Caynan
Rodadero Sea Aquarium and Museum
Vida Marina Islas del Rosario[113] *
Baconao Park
Acuario de Bahia de Naranjo *
Acuario Nacional de Cuba *
Cienfuegos Delfinario *
Varadero Delfinario[114] *
Dominican Republic[edit]
Dolphin Island Park[115]
Manatí Park[116]
Ocean World Adventure Park[117]
Fins and Flippers / Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS)[118]
Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef, Ocho Rios[119]
Dolphin Cove, Montego Bay
Dolphin Cove, Negril (Lucea, Hanover)
Hotel Los Delphines[120]
Puerto Rico[edit]
Caribbean Stranding Network *
The Netherlands Antilles[edit]
Dolphin Academy Curaçao[121]
Aquarium de Valencia J.V. Seijas[122]
Parque Zoologico El Pinar *
Divers Land *

JULY 27TH, 2013


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this helpful nice blog. swimming with dolphin Sharm el Sheikh is a super weekend trips plan with family . You can’t imagine what I felt that time when I hug the gentle dolphin in your arms.