Never have I wanted to hear the word "No" so much. Please can you take 2 seconds to visit the following website to vote AGAINST a captive dolphin facility being established in the Cayman Islands. Hopefully, if the bid is unsuccessful it will also make other people looking to establish such attractions think again.
For those of you who don't want to read my soapbox lecture then please quickly go to www.caycompass.com and scroll to the bottom of the page to vote. (If you are FOR torturing helpless, yet exceedingly intelligent animals, then please forget you ever read this!)
I have been a spokesperson for the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society for some years now, and I promise you that my opinion is well informed (from both sides of the story), so please believe what I tell you on this issue. When marine mammals are captured in the wild it causes enormous negative impact not only on the animals seized, but also to the pod that is left behind. Many die in the capture process, and 10% of all captured animals who make it as far as their concrete tanks or sea pens (these are hardly any more humane) will die WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR. You know how stress effects us humans, especially the impact on our immune system - well it's very similar for marine mammals. The WDCS's "Dying To Entertain You Campaign" has a lot of information about all of this. Visit www.wdcs.org for more info. Yes, there are dolphins in captivity that were bred in captivity, but the per centage of these animals vs. wild caught is very small. Also, simply having them perpetuates the idea that it's OK. (The Cayman dolphins are NOT bred in captivity.) Any animal that doesn't survive as long in captivity as it would in the wild is obviously NOT suitable for captivity.
I could go on and on about this, but I fear I will lose you! Just go to www.caycompass.com at the bottom of the page and vote NO. Please!! Help me to protect these beautiful animals which we seek to emmulate as freedivers. They need us as much as we need them.
PS - If you have any questions or need further information before you vote, just ask!!