So, yes, with a measure of fun, I am questioning the factual basis of some of the assertions about dolphin and orca captivity from some dolphin-owning institutions. Assertions about the life spans in captivity being longer than ones in the wild (not true). Or that the dolphins thrive in captivity (a little harder to quantify, but read on, not true).
Now, before you go all, “Oh, that Martha. She’s so extreme. Dolphins are fine in captivity, and there is a valid educational part of the dolphin shows” on me, just take a gander at the educational content of the dolphin extravaganza at the Georgia Aquarium shot by a visitor:
I’m figuring that you’ll be like most of us, including some members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that expressed annoyance, shall we say, upon their exit from just having seen the very same dolphin show. I believe some of them observed that there was something like, oh, zero educational content in the show. And I repeat, these were zoo and aquarium people who make their living based upon the acceptability of animal captivity, not we “fringe anti-caps.”
And to the point of whether dolphins like captivity, take a look at the celebration of life in wild dolphins:
compared with live streaming video of captive dolphins:
You’ll have to copy and paste that one in your url; it won’t link live. It may be a bit of a bother, but believe me, you want to do this to see the whole story. And if Winter isn’t visible on this web cam, check one of the other ones; Web Cam #1 is where she and her dolphin companion strut their captive stuff for the paying public.
Which side are you on?
To take action for dolphin freedom, just take one step. Call, write, blog, tweet, donate. I’m betting you’ll see how great it is to stand for these extraordinary beings, and will take one more step after that.