It was with a heavy heart that I paid for this excursion. It was even harder when I saw how small the area was where they were performing, afraid that that small space was all they had to swim in.
All I could think of was how could this incredibly intelligent creature be used in such a way that felt like they were circus performers as I watched & took these vids. It hurt my heart.
There was a girl from who Paris who felt the exact same way & we took the guy aside at the end for a little chit chat.
Our first question was, almost in unison: ‘Are they happy?’
His response was that they don’t breed if they’re unhappy; someone else told me to look at their fins – were they curved to one side or pointing straight up? Apparently curved = bad; straight up = good. Both of which I’ll look into when I can. In this case all the fins I saw were straight up. I saw two babies – just born last week – just 7 days old! So they are definitely breeding.
Apparently the life span of a dolphin in the wild is about 35 years whereas in captivity they live till they’re 50 or 60, & the oldest dolphins in the world are in their mid 60’s & in the US. They eat like kings and are given all their vitamins and do not withhold food or punish them to train them. [Anymore]
I wonder .. what’s going on with SeaWorld these days .. I’ll have to look into that when I get back.