THE PLIGHT OF THE CAPTIVE DOLPHINS
THE DREAM AND THE REALITY
by Dee Finney
|3-18-01 - DREAM - I was in some kind of building which housed a huge
pool of water with captive dolphins in it.
The pool was divided into many sections that one could not see through
I was looking down from a high ceiling or overlook at the situation. In
One man was below, who was willing to help to get the separate dolphin
That's all it took ... one man willing to help ... to open the gate so
DOLPHIN IN A CONCRETE TANK
Captive whales and dolphins are sometimes starved to force them to perform.
Trainers have been reported to abuse dolphins and whales at certain facilities.
Captive whales and dolphins have seriously injured and even killed
Japanese Drive fisheries, a method of harvesting whales and dolphins
Captive whales and dolphins have been known to injure and even kill themselves.
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Help as you can, send Love and Ask for Divine Intervention for our Cetacean Partners.
Look at the activation pictures. A short message from 'Thomas', James Tyman, and our friend Joan Ocean.
I am utterly amazed at the news I just received. Joan Ocean, a renowned teacher who has worked extensively with the dolphins and whales, forwarded me a link to a web-site on crop circles today. I couldn't believe my eyes. On August 14th, at the same time Thomas, the Psychic Child from Bulgaria, was sending us his warning about the low frequency sonar that is beginning to destroy ocean mammals all over the world, a crop circle of dolphins surrounding the Earth appeared in England. It clearly shows two dolphins surrounding a small sphere, with three circles around that sphere. As I looked at the picture, it seemed that the sphere is our planet, and the three surrounding circles are the Grid the Children have been speaking about. Here is a link so you can see it for yourself:
Without missing a beat, I felt the influence of Thomas' mind upon my own. He has been speaking about the fate of the whales and dolphins for so long, and how important it is for us to receive the Gifts they are offering before it's too late. Now it seems that this same message is being delivered by some extraterrestrial source. All indications are that it is authentic, and it is dramatic. Thomas is asking that we forward this link and e-mail to as many people as we can. (If you received this e-mail from a friend, we also invite you to join the Thomas Message list so you can receive all the messages from this amazing Psychic Child.) He feel that the crop circle has an imbedded code that will be revealed by simply looking at the picture.
Whatever you believe about this subject, the signs are becoming more insistent. We must pay attention and respond. The world of compassion and peace we have been trying to create is in the balance. This is the moment we have all been waiting for.
Are you surprised that this information is being presented to you in this new way? These crop circles are communicating with your inner mind, and the message is clear. The Psychic Children have been telling you that we stand at the brink of an incredible awakening, and that the dolphins and whales play a critical role. Why, then, are we trying to destroy them, so that we won't have to hear their message or receive their Gift? The deployment of the low frequency sonar is how you have chosen to close your ears to their Gift, and to their cries for help. Why else would you seek to destroy their hearing, causing them to beach themselves and die? This is a wake up call, and it is not just from the Children, or even the dolphins and whales. Now it is coming from your brothers and sisters from other dimensions and planets. That is why this dolphin crop circle was revealed at exactly the same time these messages are being distributed. What will you do? Will you open your heart and become part of the creative solution? Or will you turn the other way, even though there are so many who are trying to snare your attention?
This is the moment you must decide? The Children are pulling humanity to the next level in its evolution, but only if you allow it. There is a code in this crop circle that only your super-conscious mind will comprehend. It may reveal your own role, how you can contribute to the world of peace and compassion. It is so important that people all over the world see this crop circle, for it will activate you in ways your mind cannot understand. Please send this e-mail to everyone you can so others will be activated as well. It is so important. This is the time you must respond.
We love you,
Don't let the Navy blast whales and other marine mammals with dangerous sonar
The Bush administration has granted the Navy a permit to harm whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals while using its Low Frequency Active sonar system in as much as 80 percent of the world's oceans. Tell the Navy not to deploy this dangerous new system.
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Wild vs. Captive Dolphin Facts
Captive Dolphin Links
The Dolphin Project for Captive Cetaceans - The Dolphin Project was established on Earth Day 1970 and is dedicated to abolishing the billion-dollar dolphin slave trade.
FRONTLINE Special Report: 'A Whale of a Business' - Comprehensive information regarding the debate over captive whales and dolphins, including articles, viewer mail, pro and anti-captivity views, a close look at Sea World and interviews.
European Cetacean Organization - "Dying to Please You"
A study in 1985 revealed that of 32 killer whales examined after dying in aquariums around the world, half had died of bacterial infections, and one quarter of pneumonia. 53% of those dolphins who survive the violent capture die within 90 days.The average life span of a dolphin in the wild is 45 years; yet half of all captured dolphins die within their first two years of captivity. The survivors last an average of only 5 years in captivity. Every seven years, half of all dolphins in captivity die from capture shock, pneumonia, intestinal disease, ulcers, chlorine poisoning, and other stress-related illnesses.
To the captive dolphin industry, these facts are accepted as routine operating expenses. In many tanks the water is full of chemicals as well as bacteria, causing many health problems in dolphins including blindness. When a baby dolphin is born in captivity, the news is usually kept secret until the calf shows signs of survival. Although marine mammals do breed in captivity, the birth rate is not nearly as successful as the one in the wild, with high infant mortality rates.
Wild dolphins can swim 40 to 100 miles per day - in pools they go around in circles. Many marine parks subject their mammals to hunger so they will perform for their food. Jumping through hoops, tailwalking and playing ball are trained behaviors that do not occur in the wild. Dolphins are predators of fish and spend up to half of their time in the wild hunting for food. Supplying dead fish results in less exercise and lack of mental stimulation, thus causing boredom. When trapped together, males often become agitated and domineering. This creates pecking orders (unknown in the wild) and unprovoked attacks on each other and the trainers. In the ocean, although fights are not unknown, the wild dolphins have a chance to escape. Confined animals who abuse themselves (banging their heads against the walls) are creating stimuli which their environment cannot supply. Dolphins in captivity tend to develop stereotypical behaviors (swimming in repetitive circle pattern, with eyes closed and in silence) because of boredom and confinement .This is equivalent to the swaying and pacing of primates, lions, tigers and bears confined in cages.
Tuesday, September 5, 2000
Dolphins don't belong in tanks
The plan of the Texas State Aquarium (TSA) to build the first dolphinarium in this country in more than a decade is alarming. As the trainer of the dolphins used in the TV series "Flipper," I have seen firsthand the suffering imposed on captive dolphins.
According to Thomas Schmid, director of the Aquarium, the proposed dolphin tank will meet a genuine need, as TSA will display only "non-releasable dolphins" that will act as "ambassadors for their species."
The dolphin captivity industry routinely makes the claim that captive dolphins are better off remaining in captivity for the rest of their lives, as they have lost their natural survival skills and no longer know how to live in the oceans.
This claim is made with no scientific evidence to substantiate it. It presents one of the captivity industry's many double standards: Even though captivity has destroyed the dolphins' ability to survive in nature and made them dependent on people, they are wild enough to educate the public about the true nature of dolphins.
There are about a thousand captive dolphins around the world. They can be found in amusement parks, swim programs, roadside shows, traveling dolphin shows, dolphinariums, shopping centers, a discotheque, and a gambling casino. As long as there is a paying audience to sustain the profits made from displaying these victim dolphins, it is not in the interest of the billion-dollar dolphin captivity industry to find out how many can be returned to the wild, and the proper research has never been done. Instead, the captivity industry continues to breed the dolphins, thereby creating more "non-releasable" dolphins.
Dolphins are free-ranging, highly intelligent, social, and sonic creatures. Captivity takes away the three most important aspects of their lives: their families, their world of sound, and their ability to swim freely. Confinement of dolphins does represent a form of education, but it's a form of bad education in that it teaches millions of people that it is permissible to abuse nature. To call dolphins "ambassadors" is simply a desperate attempt to sanitize the exploitation of these animals.
Some dolphins born in captivity have been confined within the same barren walls of a concrete tank all their lives. They think the roof is the sky and have never experienced the simplest elements of nature, such as the natural rhythm of the sea, the sunshine, and the rain. They will never swim in a straight line for as long as they desire; nor will they ever use their speed, intelligence, and sonar to catch live fish. They are freaks created for our amusement and have no social redeeming value.
Not all captive dolphins can be successfully returned to the wild. This is because habitat dictates behavior. The habitat of captive dolphins is so radically altered, it changes their behavior, leaving their natural abilities corrupted and distorted. Does that mean they have to spend the rest of their lives in a concrete tank? According to TSA, the answer is yes. They want to build another, bigger tank for them.
By doing so, TSA perpetuates the problem instead of solving it. I suggest we abolish the tank and re-adapt the dolphins into a more natural environment - a sea pen where they can once again experience the natural rhythm of the sea, the currents, the tides, the sunshine, and the thrill of chasing live fish. Once back in the ocean, the individual dolphin can be properly evaluated for release, and non-releasable dolphins can live out their lives without further exploitation.
A few years ago, Gov. George W. Bush and the citizens of Corpus Christi, through "Vision 2000," endorsed the concept of declaring Corpus Christi Bay a state park. Creating a captive dolphin sanctuary would fit perfectly into this idea. It would send a powerful message to the rest of the world about Texas' respect for nature and its inhabitants. Now, that's educational.
(Richard O'Barry is the director of the Dophin Project. He is the author of "Behind the Dolphin Smile" and a new book, "To Free a Dolphin." His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Website for the Dolphin Project is located at www.dolphinproject.org.)
© 2000 Corpus Christi Caller Times, a Scripps Howard newspaper. All rights reserved.
BID TO BAN CAPTIVE DOLPHINS
Newspaper: Regular National
Tauranga, Aug 29, 2000 - Helping New Zealand become the first country in the world to ban dolphins from captivity has become the mission of a Bay of Plenty student.
Amy Taylor is in her second year of BOP Polytechnic's marine studies diploma and is also the Tauranga co-ordinator for the Auckland-based group Save Animals From Exploitation (Safe).
Five of Australia's six states -- with the exception of Queensland -- and the American state of South Carolina had banned the mammals from captivity, Ms Taylor said.
She said Marineland in Napier was now the only place in New Zealand where cetaceans were kept in captivity. There were currently two dolphins housed in concrete tanks at the fun park.
Since its inception in 1965 Marineland had seen 78 dolphins go through its tanks, all taken from the wild, she said.
The average life expectancy of a dolphin in captivity was six years, compared with 30 years in the wild.
``They die mostly from stress related diseases and abscesses.'' Safe was attempting to gain the support of an MP to put a bill before the house, Ms Taylor said.
National MP Annabel Young last year tried to introduce a member's bill but it was unsuccessful.
The animal rights organisation hoped a bill would get to a select committee and Ms Taylor was currently writing a submission to Parliament.
Marineland manager Gary Macdonald said the park's two common dolphins were both in their 30s and had been at the park since 1974. The common dolphin had a life expectancy of 20 years.
``One of the things our opponents always throw up is that a lot of dolphins have been through Marineland.
``But 90 percent of the dolphins were here in first few years of park.''
FREED DOLPHINS DON'T KNOW HOW TO FEED THEMSELVES
Hurricane lashes, frees captive dolphins
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) - These victims of Hurricane Gert could hardly have sought inland shelter: Four dolphins hurled out of their beachside pool and battered by storm debris escaped to sea and now must fend for themselves in unfamiliar terrain.
Bystanders watched helplessly as the walkways around the pool at Dolphin Quest came loose Tuesday afternoon, when Gert brushed by Bermuda with 110 mph winds.
The four dolphins in the pool - including a mother and calf - cried out as they were pummeled by debris being cast about by the wind.
''They are taking a battering. One of them is cut badly,'' said Graham Outerbridge, an environmentalist.
About an hour later, when the tide rose, the trapped mammals escaped and swam out to sea, where they were could be seen from the ravaged shore.
Outerbridge was even more horrified: ''They've been abandoned to the raging sea!''
He had a point: Dolphin Quest said the four dolphins, which are kept in a pool so guests can swim with them, aren't used to feeding themselves and will find fish stocks scarce in Bermuda's hurricane-ravaged waters.
''We will feed them as soon as we have the conditions to reach them,'' said Dr. Rae Stone, who runs the dolphin pool at the Southampton Princess Beach Club.
But she admitted this might not be possible for days because small aircraft have been warned to stay away from the water. By the time Gert leaves entirely, there was no telling where - and in what condition - the dolphins will be.
''We would like to maintain visual contact and would hope members of the public would let us know if they see them,'' she said.
Many of those who had witnessed the dolphins' ordeal questioned why they had been left behind in the exposed pool when there was ample warning from Sunday night that Gert, then packing winds up to 130 mph, would swing close to Bermuda.
''The company had enough time to know about this,'' said Gary Lightbourne. ''They should have had an action plan ready. I won't be paying money to see the dolphins after seeing the way they treat them.''
Stone said four other dolphins were removed over the weekend.
The calf, she said, was too young to be transported, which meant her mother and two mates also remained.
''Dolphins work together as a social unit. They are the same as people,'' she said, adding that the company had tried to protect the dolphins by removing some of the fencing around the compound.
''If they don't survive I'll be heartbroken,'' Stone said.
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Maui Mayor Backs Dolphin Facility Despite Boycott Threat
By Gary Kubota
KIHEI, Maui -- Maui County Mayor James "Kimo" Apana said today he continues to support the relocation of the Dolphin Institute to Maui, despite a threat of an entertainment industry boycott on the Valley Isle.
Apana said the accommodations on Maui will be much better than the facilities for the institute at Oahu's Kewalo Basin.
"I believe the dolphins will be in a better situation than they are now," Apana said.
Apana was responding to a threat from "Free Willy" executive film producer Richard Donner to lead a boycott if the institute relocates to the Valley Isle with its four captive dolphins.
The threat was issued in a letter to Apana that became public during a Maui Planning Commission meeting last night.
The meeting was held to determine whether to grant permits to the 29-acre Maui Nui Park project that includes five to six acres of land for the institute. The commission was expected to make a decision on the project today.
Donner said he felt the four dolphins should be released back into the wild in phases, in a way similar to what happened to the orca Keiko, who was the star of "Free Willy."
Donner said with the help of Earth Island Institute, Keiko is living in an open sea pen in Iceland and slowly being reintroduced into the ocean wilderness after spending more than 20 years in captivity in Mexico.
"In reality, this whale is doing phenomenally," Donner said. "He proves the fact that it can be done."
Dolphin Institute officials have said previous studies show captive dolphins, including the four coming to Maui, are unlikely to survive if released into the wild.
"To release them would be to kill them," said Lou Herman, a University of Hawaii professor and institute co-founder. Herman assured the commission that no other dolphins will be taken from the wild.
About 130 people attended the hearing last night at the Kihei Community Center.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation plans to develop 257,000 square feet of building space and 812 parking stalls at the site, mauka of Suda Store between Piilani Highway and South Kihei Road.
Supporters favoring the proposed park outnumbered the opposition 2-to-1 in testimony.
More than 30 people testified for the Maui Nui Park project and cited the additional jobs and educational benefits it would bring to the community. But 13 people testified against the project, many opposed to the institute's use of captive dolphins in its research.
"What we're talking about is constructing a new prison," said Ryan Shapiro, a coordinator with Animal Rights Hawaii.
About five or six acres of land is being set aside for the Dolphin institute, which plans to build a number of structures, including a one-acre salt water lagoon, an isolation tank, a research building and a learning center.
The plan also calls for a main building housing featuring educational exhibits with restaurants and retail shops, a 500-seat indoor amphitheater and luau garden, wharf and boat ride, wedding chapel, an exhibition hall and an aviary.
Foundation officials hope to attract 1,500 to 2,000 visitors a day.
Kihei Community Association official Barney Eiting said the park will provide jobs and educational opportunities.
Supporters pointed out the Dolphin Institute has assisted more than 30 students to get graduate degrees and the relocation will help to expand the research.
Some residents said they were worried about the flooding that occurs occasionally near Suda Store and about any added traffic at the site, which is at Kihei's entrance.
400 Dolphins Wash Up Dead Off African Coast
By ALI SULTAN, AP
ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (April 29) - Scientists tried to discover Saturday why hundreds of dolphins washed up dead on a beach popular with tourists on the northern coast of Zanzibar.
Among other possibilities, marine biologists were examining whether U.S. Navy sonar threw the animals off course.
Villagers and fishermen were burying the remains of the roughly 400 bottlenose dolphins, which normally live in deep offshore waters but washed up Friday along a 2 1/2-mile stretch of coast in Tanzania's Indian Ocean archipelago.
The animals may have been disturbed by some unknown factor, or poisoned, before they became stranded in shallow waters and died, said Narriman Jiddawi, a marine biologist at the Institute of Marine Science of the University of Dar es Salaam.
Experts planned to examine the dolphins' heads to assess whether they had been affected by military sonar.
Some scientists surmise that loud bursts of sonar, which can be heard for miles in the water, may disorient or scare marine mammals, causing them to surface too quickly and suffer the equivalent of what divers call the bends - when sudden decompression forms nitrogen bubbles in tissue.
A U.S. Navy task force patrols the coast of East Africa as part of counterterrorism operations. A Navy official was not immediately available for comment, but the service rarely speaks about the location of submarines at sea.
A preliminary examination of their dolphins' stomach contents failed to show the presence of squid beaks or other remains of animals hunted by dolphins.
That was an indication that the dolphins either had not eaten for a long time or had vomited, Jiddawi said.
Their general condition, however, appeared to show that they had eaten recently, since their ribs were not clearly visible under the skin, she said.
Although Jiddawi said Friday that poisoning had been ruled out, experts were preparing to further examine the dolphins' stomachs for traces of poisonous substances such as toxic "red tides" of algae.
Zanzibar's resorts attract many visitors who come to watch and swim with wild humpback dolphins, which generally swim closer to shore than the Indo-Pacific bottlenose.
The humpbacks, bottlenose, and spinner dolphins are the most common species in Zanzibar's coastal waters.
The most conclusive link between the use of military sonar and injury to marine mammals was observed from the stranding of whales in 2000 in the Bahamas. The U.S. Navy later acknowledged that sonar likely contributed to the stranding of the extremely shy species.
"These animals must have been disoriented and ended up in shallow waters, where they died," Abdallah Haji, a 43-year-old fisherman, said Saturday as he helped bury the dolphins near the bloodied beach.
Residents had cut open the animals' bellies to take their livers, which they use to make waterproofing material for boats.
"We have never seen this type of dolphin in our area," said Haji, who said he has fished in Zanzibar's waters for more than two decades.
04/29/06 16:37 EDT
Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.
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