POLL: Should Dolphinariums As Tourist Attractions Be Closed Down?

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Even before construction began on the swim-with-the-dolphins tourist attraction Dolphinaris Arizona, animal advocates were concerned that it was a bad idea. More than 172,000 people have signed a Care2 petition urging the Dolphinaris company not to open the marine park in Scottsdale, where triple-digit summer temperatures can climb over 120 degrees.

As the nonprofit Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLA) and other groups pointed out, the desert location leaves the dolphins vulnerable to valley fever. This fungal disease can cause potentially fatal respiratory infections in dolphins that have weakened immune systems caused by the stress of being held in captivity.

Studies have shown that dolphins in captivity can become even more stressed when they’re forced to swim and interact with people, as they are at the seven Dolphinarus marine parks.

Photo credit: Chris Oakley

The stress has led to behavioral abnormalities, illness, and lowered resistance to disease and death, according to Whale and Conservation. For these reasons, TripAdvisor did the right thing last year and stopped booking tickets to attractions that allow people to interact with captive wild animals.

And then there’s the fallout from the 2013 documentary “Blackfish,” which helped to raise awareness of what goes on behind the scenes at marine parks. Attendance at plunged after the film’s release.

Kissing one of our dolphins on the end of their rostrum is a great way to spend a Sunday at Dolphinaris.

Gepostet von Dolphinaris Arizona am Sonntag, 8. Oktober 2017


Despite these facts and the concerns of tens of thousands of people, Dolphinaris Arizona opened its doors in October 2016. Tragically, those concerns appear to be well founded: Just 11 months later, a young named Bodie died there.

According to a Dolphinaris Arizona spokesperson, 7-year-old Bodie died Sept. 23 after “experiencing a ‘rare muscle disease’ while living in the open-air pools,” ABC 15 reports. The spokesperson said the park’s veterinary team consulted with experts in the United States and Europe, but couldn’t find a cure for the unnamed disease.

A necropsy showed “the same outcome was inevitable,” according to ABC 15.

Gepostet von Advocates Against Dolphin Captivity in Arizona am Dienstag, 24. Oktober 2017


Immediately after Bodie’s death was announced last week, ADLA, the Animal Welfare Institute and Plea for the Sea launched an investigation. These groups are looking into Bodie’s illness and treatment, and whether other dolphins have gotten sick or died at Dolphinaris Arizona.

“Having participated in grassroots demonstrations opposing Dolphinaris, we realize the public wants and needs to have a clear understanding of the welfare of the remaining dolphins,” Danielle Riley, chairman of Plea for the Sea, said in a statement. “As people become informed of the detriment that these highly intelligent marine mammals suffer in captivity, they are becoming less interested in supporting this inhumane industry.”

Dolphinaris Arizona released the following statement about Bodie’s death:

“Our team at Dolphinaris Arizona will continue its commitment to providing each of our dolphins with the highest standard of care in accordance to the industry’s best practices, as well as federal and international regulations.

“During this difficult time, Dolphinaris Arizona will continue its mission to educate, inspire and empower our guests through interactions with these amazing animals, encouraging guests to become stewards of the oceans and its inhabitants.”

A much better way to become stewards of the oceans and its inhabitants is by not supporting marine parks that profit by forcing captive dolphins to swim with customers. Please sign and share this petition urging Dolphinaris Arizona to close.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 30 Oct 2017.

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Marie-France Durand


Chaille Dee

simply yes, it is bad enough some that are in these places are not just there due to accidents and recovery and can not be released back to where they belong, but they are not toys, we are not smart on their treatment, and they are and should not be stressed to perform let alone be a toy,,,,and humans old and young break and toss toys,,,,even with supervision,,,leave them alone, and if they are to remain in captivity, let it be natural in its surroundings, no stress performing or touchings or cutie pics,,,it is well known they are smart, why… Read more »

Renée Larsson
Renée Larsson

Close down

Joelle Jojo Mamour Barrier

v oui

Michèle Lebourg


Lyn Pc

Close down all attractions that use whales and dolphins for entertainment and money.

Frances Smith
Frances Smith

Yes shut them down it is a disgusting way to make money shame on you

Susan Rachkewich

Close all of theses cruel attractions, let them live THIER lives!!!

Thor Hestnes


Shari Lynn Swanson


Mimi Benadiba

Close down all sea atractios these dolphins & whales DO NOT belong in small tanks tortouring them to proform un natral tricks. For human amusement. These social creatures of the ocean are so closely boneded with thier pod/families that when seperated they are so trumatized they dont want to leave the place where the boats drove them too where they last seen their families being brutaly takien away or slaughted (the cove) some just stay still they can’t even swim and some just lie on thier backs floating. Please,Please! Stop buying tickets to Dolphin and Whale shows that’s the only… Read more »

Mary White

Yes it is a must animals deserve there freedom

Carmen Caron

Ouiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii l tous les animaux devraient être libérer et fermer les delphinariums les animaux ne sont pas des jouets et ne nous appartiennent pas mais à l océan. Pourquoi leur faire vivre tant de souffrance car ils sont priver de leur liberté et sont traiter comme des jouets tout ça pour quoi le CASH TOUJOURS LE CASH. ILS FONT DU CASH SUR LA SOUFFRANCE DES ANIMAUX Ç EST DÉGUEULASSE ET DE LA MALTRAITANCE ANIMALE. QUAND ALLEZ VOUS COMPRENDRE QUE LES ANIMAUX NE VOUS APPARTIENNENT PAS ET QUE VOUS LEURS FOUTREZ LA SAINTE PAIX.

Diane Degidio Doughty


Karen Lyons Kalmenson

one day the men from outerspace
came down and took a look at
our place
and decided that if cruel we be
they could do the same,
you see
so imprisoned man
found himself instead
locked in a maze
of regret and dread!

Irena Soull

Yes, must!

Donna Errickson-Roberts


Jean Stephenson


Cynthia A Thompson


Ashwinii Raorane


Linda Badham
Linda Badham

of course no animal should be captive and made a spectacle of , if its not done to humans then he should not be done to animals !

M Leybra
M Leybra

If only that ‘kissing’ dolphin in photo above had the cunning to bite the man’s face off, would put an immediate end to Dolphinaris Arizona & the whole industry for the rest of his captive species.

Isabelle Fernandès

Nous vous invitons à partager votre opinion si les delphinariums en tant qu’attractions touristiques devraient être fermés? Veuillez voter et laisser vos commentaires au bas de la page.
Les delphinariums en tant qu’attractions touristiques devraient-ils être fermés?

Oui (97%, 92 Votes)
Non (3%, 3 votes)
Je ne sais pas (0%, 0 Votes)
Nombre total d’électeurs: 95

Diamond Murphy

Yes they should

May Lennox-Milton

Poor animals just a commodity for exploitation and not enough people care

Delbert Smith

Here we go again with the lies. 120F Scottsdale is not Death Valley.

Really sad how you leaf lickers live in a fantasy world.

Marilyn Leybra

Delbert Smith, Dolphin Training Director? For greed, capture & train for human entertainment the wildlife u can, hunt & kill the ones u cant for pleasure or to eat… since beginning of time this is humanity’s legacy to land & sea, non-human vanishing life on this earth.

M Leybra
M Leybra

Delbert Smith, And stuff ur link to Arizona climate if u think that’s the ‘main’ reason keeping these freeborn creatures (like yourself) captive, is totally wrong. You self-centered Dominion egoists will never get it. Just keep on praying to your invented God who ‘forgives’ all your crimes against the rest of creation.

Jean Daniels

Yes – animals are not toys.

Ruth Booth

Yes money maker for humans poor animals.

Maggie De-silver

Yes. Of course.

Lindsay Leclair


Trina Warner

Yes so cruel

Charles Wayne Tesh