Posted by: Dolphinelle~Barbara Napoles | February 22, 2014

Activist Lesson #101- How to spot a “captive” dolphin image

You can hate me for speaking up for dolphins but I will not stand by and allow anyone to promote an image of a child kissing a dolphin.

Then I realized well what if that person did not know how to spot the difference between a captive and a wild dolphin?


That image above is a trained, captive dolphin. NO WILD DOLPHIN COMES AND KISSES YOUR LIPS in the shallows. This is a swim with captive dolphins program. I think I have an idea which captive facility this was at but this is not about the exact location where it was taken but by the portrayal of the image.

By your sharing captive images, you are putting the idea in the public’s head that this is a natural thing and its also a subliminal message that its OK to visit marine parks.  The vicious circle continues.  By not sharing captive image you are not only stopping the killings in Taiji but also stopping the demand and importation of dolphins to foreign countries. This is why more swim with programs and Dolphinariums are popping up in the Caribbean. Cruise ship sell these packages to unsuspecting tourist. They purchase and do it because they saw it being promoted in Facebook and it was a great thing to do.


Captive dolphins 

Take a little time and do your research and look for the origin of the picture. There are many photographers selling their images, some will even allow you to share it if you just keep the copyright on the image.

Case in point. Do the research. You can now research images using “Google Search Images. Take the image and loaded to Google. You will find the origin with the original copyright. Then Google that person’s name and continue until you know for sure that is not a captive dolphin. Research, Research Research!

The captive dolphins image above was taken by Augusto Leandro Stanzani .
When you then Google his name you will find all the captive dolphin images. Familiarize yourself with always checking the origin. This photographer all took images of a dolphin giving birth in Oltremare another captive facility.

Captive dolphins suffer in marine theme parks or dolphinariums. We know that they are plucked from their natural environment to be placed in a concrete pool to perform for the masses day after day. Once the show is over you, the audience, gets to go home to your family. These poor sentient creatures cannot and will stay there in semi-salted, chlorinated pools to live out their days.

Same goes for swim with dolphins programs. Yes, they get to live and swim in the sea pen. They too look through the cage netting and see and hear what we cannot hear. Maybe a wild pod of dolphins comes by or near by, and the captive cannot leave to be with them.

When the tourists arrive at their sea pens, they are forced to pulled them around the pool while the paying customer hang on to their dorsal fin. Ever see a captive dolphin in a swim with program dorsal fin?

 This is call a "dorsal fin pull around the dolphin habitat".

This is call a “dorsal fin pull around the dolphin habitat”.

This is call a “dorsal fin pull around the dolphin habitat”. The dorsal fin, located on the top (dorsal side) of the animal, is filled with a fibrous connective tissue. It serves to keep the animal upright (similar to a ship’s keel) and prevents “roll”. Also it has a thermo-regulation (body temperature adjustment) function. As the dolphin is warm-blooded it must maintain a body temperature of 97-99 degrees F. Should the animal become overheated, the dorsal fin serves to release excess body heat to the environment.

Can you see the curvature on the dorsal fin? Imagine all the people they pull along 3-4 shows a day. Its not only children but adults of all different sizes.

That is also a tell-tale sign of a dolphin in captivity.  Stay tune for next lesson.

Open your minds, be a responsible activist, be aware of what you are sharing and trying to teach the public. STOP PROMOTING CAPTIVITY!

Stay tune for next lesson. ~Dolphinelle



  1. Reblogged this on Anti-Captivity Heidipad Blog and commented:
    Very important. The most beautiful images of these animals are those of which they are free. It is important to paint the picture of what want it to be; how it should be: Free.

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