Too small for normal range; dolphins are deep-diving predators, swim over 50km/day (Connor 2000)
Similar mortality rates in captivity compared to wild
Increased aggressiveness, susceptibility to infections, gastric ulcers
High experienced trainers
Ignores impact of capture on complex social grouping in the wild
Demand for dolphins from marine parks encourages native fishermen to capture using unsophisticated methods
Rounded up into nets, dragged onto boats and transferred to shallow pens
2003 Solomon Islands, 4 out of 200 dolphins died
What can be done?
Medium for youth social movement: Join FACEBOOK CAUSE!
Increase public awareness, talk to your friends!
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