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Dolphins are among the most complex and intelligent species on the planet. They are extremely self-aware and have deep social and emotional bonds with their pod members. The bond between a mother and baby dolphin is said to be one of the strongest on Earth. Adding to the beauty of these animals is the fact that they also have very large and developed brains that enable them to learn and adjust to their surroundings. Dolphins have even demonstrated the ability to mimic human speech and vocalizations. But despite the brilliance of dolphins, humans still insist on keeping them captive in marine parks.

The video above shows exactly how taking dolphins from their multifaceted lives in the wild impacts this species. This little one is currently living at Loro Parque in Spain. In the YouTube description, the people who filmed the dolphin explain,”We watched this baby dolphin, after a show, for over 10 minutes until we were asked to leave. When we questioned the trainers as to why this dolphin was left alone for such a long period of time in the heat with no shade, they became extremely defensive and aggressive, stating that the dolphin wasn’t on its own … our video footage begs to differ… we were then ushered out by security.”

Bobbing listlessly at the water’s surface is a telltale sign of mental distress. The boredom and frustration of life in a tank has led dolphins to exhibit stereotypic behaviors such as swimming in circles repetitively, establishing pecking orders, and lying motionless at the surface or on the aquarium floor for relatively long periods of time. Dolphins have also been known to slam themselves against the sides of tanks. In absolute desperation, these animals can also choose to consciously stop breathing and end their own lives.

It is up to all of us to take a stand for these beautiful creatures by refusing to pay for their suffering. You can help make a difference for these highly intelligent animals by boycotting all marine parks and sharing videos like this one to raise awareness!

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55 comments on “Video of Baby Dolphin in Marine Park Shows Exactly How These Animals Feel About Captivity”

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Cheryl
10 Days ago

Have seen this video before. It strikes me now as it did then. Sadly. Dolphins are highly social and to be ignored as this little one is being ignored is sickening. Why does the human race think it HAS to imprison animals so that we can derive entertainment and pleasure from them? Don\'t kid yourself - these animals WERE NOT put on this earth for our amusement. They were put here to show us, that even though there is diversity, there is also "sameness". Mother dolphins, mother cows, mother anythings just want a peaceful world for their children to grow up in. Who are we to say that "We (the human race) is all-knowing about what\'s best for other species? We can\'t and shouldn\'t make any decision such as that. The human race is driven by GREED! If a captive animal will bring in a buck, we\'ll imprison it and "milk it for all it\'s worth". The Golden Rule applies to ALL species, not just the human race. And in case you\'ve forgotten what that rule is it\'s "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".


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FEROZA
4 Months Ago

THIS IS SO SAD - LET THEM BE FREE THE POOR BABIES


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john darmiento
4 Months Ago

let all captive animals out of jail


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john pasqua
4 Months Ago

end the captivity on all great animals.


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nancy
4 Months Ago

they belong in the ocean where they were born and live with their mom until the day they die,we have no right to them they are not ours for the picking.


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Judy Dalessandro
4 Months Ago

Heart breaking for sure. Are these water parks and employees that heartless "OR" cruel and stupid?


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herbaltealuv
4 Months Ago

People need to imagine what it would feel like to be under house arrest for their ENTIRE lives. THAT is what it is like for an animal in zoos, marine parks, and other exhibitions.


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CHERYL
4 Months Ago

Tears were (and still are) running down my face watching this video. How DARE we think that we are the most intelligent species on this planet. This particular park, in Spain, is notorious for capturing/buying marine mammals (and other animals) JUST to make a profit. They don\'t care what harm it does to the animal as long as they get their money. Dolphins are highly intelligent animals with a very strong social structure, and to see this little one listlessly bobbing on the surface HOPING for some interaction with SOMEONE tears me apart. How would YOU feel if you were taken away from your family and forced to perform tricks, swim with people, and then be left alone for hours at a time? You\'d become bored and frustrated. That\'s what\'s happening with these poor creatures. It\'s not right!


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Sofía Martínez Véjar
4 Months Ago

Having seeing many captivity videos, this is heartbreaking. Is a baby, in nature he(she)\'ll be investigating the world with the mother, following and playing with fish and other marine animals. Here he(she) has no cognitive stimulation (same nervious systems as human if not more complex). Is the same as leaving a human child alone in a room with no toys or anything to play. With your permission I\'ll show it on my lectures and speaches.


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Jeffrey Skinner
4 Months Ago

It is a little bit odd that the dolphin seemed in isolation, but I did see the other trainers nearby, though seemingly nonattentive. It\'s hard to say whether this is considered abuse.


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CHERYL
12 Feb 2017

Jeffrey - neglect IS considered abuse! How would you like it if someone neglected you until they wanted you to do something? Yes, it IS abuse and for you to doubt it, means (to me) that you don\'t care about how animals are treated! I agree with Jeffery Bliss - People suck!



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