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I would like to help raise your awareness about why, there is a demand to capture and keep marine animals in captivity ; to raise your awareness because :you're creating the demand when you are visiting a marine park like SeaWorld or MarineLand or if you participate to a swim with dolphins in a vacations resort's activities.
The demand cause a market for exploitation of sea creatures!
So here are some questions and answers on the subject:
PLEASE READ IT AND UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT YOUR DECISION TO PURCHASE TICKET TO ENTER THESE WATER-PARKS  DOES HAVE ON THESE ANIMALS, MADE TO BE LEAVING IN THE WILD!

  WHERE DO CAPTIVE DOLPHINS COME FROM?

Contrary to the popular perception that all captive dolphins are born in captivity, many of those currently in captivity were once wild and free. While some water parks obtain dolphins legally, others find that obtaining the animals through proper channels takes more time and money than they are willing to invest.As a result, a thriving illegal trade in wild-caught dolphins and others sea creatures has emerged in order to meet the demand. Wild animals acquired for a captive facility represent only a portion of those affected.
The capture process is extremely violent, potentially lethal, and inherently cruel. For every wild dolphin taken captive, at least one other is injured or killed during the capture process.Studies suggest that mortality rates increase six-fold after capture.Dolphins are chased to exhaustion by men in speed boats who separate a few dolphins from the rest of the group , corral them with a net and close of the bottom. In a panic, the dolphins often injure themselves when they ram the net in a attempt to escape, injury and death ( usually by drowning ) are common. The captured dolphins may then be subjected to traumatic travel by boats, shallow pens on trucks, or between countries on long-haul flights.
The removal of dolphins, belugas , killer whales or any others sea creatures can be detrimental for the overall population. In particular, the taking of young females, the preferred catch of the swim-with-the-dolphin facilities, can affect the health of wild populations over the long term. In regions where very little is known about the status of populations, removing any specimens from the wild is a serious conservation concern because it poses a threat not only to the survival of local dolphins but because it also undermines international measures to protect them.

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TANK THAT CAPTIVE DOLPHINS ARE KEPT IN AND THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT?

Dolphins are intelligent and social creatures that, in the wild, interact with hundreds of pod-mates, hunt communally, and have entire coastlines as their playground. In captivity, all of this is lost. Social partners are restricted to a handful of tank-mates.Captives dolphins are fed dead fish ( wild dolphins only catch and eat live fish;they never eat dead fish ) and they face a profound reduction in space ans stimulation.
Dolphins in the wild may swim up to 40 or 50 miles in a day and can dive to depths of hundred of feet. Even in the largest facilities, captive dolphins have access to less than of 1% ( 1/10,000 ) of the space available to them in their natural environment.Dolphins in captivity are often restricted to swimming in circles. In many dolphins, this behavior is a sign that the dolphins is suffering psychologically; it is engaging in what is known as a stereotypical behavior.For an inquisitive, intelligent creature like the dolphin, a barren tank offers no exploratory stimuli compared to the vast, complex ocean.

HOW CAN I TELL WHEN DOLPHINS ARE HAPPY?

The dolphin's toothy grin masks its suffering and contributes to the myth that dolphins in theme parks enjoy a happy life. The truth is, dolphins cannot move their facial muscles to communicate inner feelings like humans can. Dolphins appear to smile even when injured or seriously ill. The smile is a feature of a dolphin's anatomy unrelated to its health or emotional state.
Dolphins'bodies are adapted to the aquatic environment. When a dolphins beach themselves in the wild, they do so because they are sick, disoriented, injured or otherwise in some kind of distress. Many of the beached animals die from the resulting pressure and damage to their internal organs. A CAPTIVE DOLPHIN THAT LIFTS ITSELF OUT OF THE WATER AND ONTO A PLATFORM OR STAGE HAS BEEN TRAINED TO BEACH ITSELF ON COMMAND. THE DISCOMFORT TO THE ANIMAL CAN BE GREAT AND PERMANENT INJURY IS ONLY AVOIDED BY THE TRAINER RECALLING THE ANIMAL TO THE WATER IN TIME. THE SAME GOES FOR ORCAS, BELUGAS AND OTHER MARINE MAMMALS TRAINED TO DO TRICKS FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT!
The behaviors you encounter in a captive facility are not normal wild animal behavior. To watch really happy animals who are enjoying what they are doing, watch them in the wild in their natural habitat.

DO DOLPHINS,KILLER WHALES AND BELUGAS HAVE TO PERFORM ALL THE TIME OR DO THEY TAKE DAYS OFF? DO THEY MIND THE LOUD MUSIC AND LOUD NOISES OF THE CROWD WHEN THEY ARE DOING SHOWS?

Captive animals often work 12 hours days without breaks. Whether it is performing for the public or participating in dolphin petting pool encounters, they are forced to participate by conditioning.During performances or petting sessions, their ears are assaulted by blaring music and the noise of people splashing water or slapping the sides of the tank to get their attention. In petting pools and feeding programs, the animals'health may be further compromised by people placing items such as sunglasses, cigarettes, stones, coins, food and metal souvenirs into the mouths of dolphins. All of this takes a heavy toll on dolphins often resulting in stress-related illnesses and even death.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DOLPHINS OR KILLER WHALES IF THEY DECIDE THAT THEY DON"T WANT TO PERFORM?

Animals in captivity are not given the option to end interactions or performances when they would like to. They are trained to perform through 'operant conditioning'. For many animals this means that satisfaction of hunger is dependent on performing tricks; for others, hunger is deliberately induced so the trainer will be effective. Though a complete food portion is ultimately provided each day, the use of food as a training tool reduces some animals to little more than beggars!
Sometimes animals express their frustration through aggression either to people, other animals, or by self mutilation. People would not dream of putting their children or themselves in a cage with wolves, lions or tigers. This natural caution is lost around dolphins. Dolphins ( including those born in captivity) are large, powerful predators, perfectly capable of harming humans. Examples of dolphin aggression include pushing people into deeper water, biting, and head-jerking. Injury reports document broken bones, skin abrasions and other injuries.
The public is taken by the dolphin's smile and assumes they are gentle, willing playmates. But make no mistake, these are wild animals and the smile is simply an anatomical quirk; it is not a reflection of the dolphin's emotional state.

ARE DOLPHINS OR OTHERS MARINE MAMMALS HAPPY AND NOT LONELY AS LONG AS THEY ARE WITH OTHER ANIMALS OF THEIR KIND?

Dolphins and other marine mammals in captivity, forced to live with others of their species, do not always get along with their pool-mates. The dolphin pod is a very complex social unit. Dolphins in a pod share close social bonds with each other. To force a change in the composition of the pod may have dire complications for the hierarchy and structure. Simply providing them with the company of other individuals of their species is no assurance that they will be happy and will not experience loneliness. Just like humans, dolphins are intelligent, thinking, feeling individuals.

WHAT IS THE REQUIRED AMOUNT OF SPACE FOR A CAPTIVE DOLPHINS OR OTHER MARINE MAMMALS TO BE HAPPY? HOW BIG ARE THE THANKS THAT THEY LIVE IN WHEN THEY ARE NOT DOING SHOWS?

Any tank or enclosure is too small for a dolphin, belugas or killer whale. According to US regulations, dolphin pens only need to be 24 x 24 feet and only six feet deep. With the current US standards, a dolphin would have to circle its pen more than 1,700 times every day to stimulate its natural swimming range in the wild! In warm weather such shallow water heats quickly. This can be extremely uncomfortable, and often deadly, for dolphins unable to escape to deeper, cooler waters. Not only is there no relief from the heat, but also the dolphin's sensitive skin can be exposed to the sun's scorching rays, causing blisters and sores. Also ,in cement pools, chlorine is added to keep bacteria levels safe for humans. The levels of chlorine used, wreak havoc on a dolphin's eyes and skin, sometimes even rendering them completely blind. ( Remember Harry the blind seal at Marine Land in Ontario).
Just because standards exist, doesn't mean that they are appropriate, well enforced, or they ensure an acceptable quality of life for these animals.No facility can adequately simulate the vast ocean or provide for these majestic animal's needs.No captive program - no matter How large it is, how well regulated it is, well funded, or well intentioned - can make a case for meeting a dolphin or any marine mammals complex behavioral needs and no standard set by any governments of any countries can be called sufficient!

IS IT OK TO GO TO DOLPHINARIA OR AQUARIUM JUST TO SEE THE ANIMALS BUT NOT WATCH THEM PERFORM TRICKS?

Every time someone buys a ticket to a dolphin, belugas, killer whale or other marine mammals shows or even facility or theme park that holds captive these beautiful animals, they are contributing to the suffering of these remarkable creatures. Like any other business, the dolphins captivity industry is based on supply and demand and the captivity industry exists to make money and fulfill the demand for interactive experiences with the marine creatures. As long as people are willing to buy tickets to watch dolphins, belugas or killer whales ( whether to perform tricks or just to view them through a glass wall), they will be kept in captivity and trained to perform for audiences. THE KEY TO PUTTING A STOP TO THE EXPLOITATION OF DOLPHINS AND OTHERS MARINE MAMMALS AND SEA CREATURES IS THE CHOICES ONE CAN MAKE AS A CONSUMER, IN OTHER WORDS, IF THE PUBLIC UNDERSTOOD THE TRUTH BEHIND CAPTIVE ANIMALS INDUSTRY THEY WOULDN'T BUY A TICKET... I KNOW I WON"T!  YOU AND YOU ONLY CAN PUT A STOP TO THIS EXPLOITATION OF THESE MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS, THAT ARE MADE TO LIVE FREE IN THE OCEAN !
" No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. No dolphins or marine mammals who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands parks can be considered normal."
Jacques Yves Cousteau.

Now, here is  a quote from me:
Remember this: Every time you encourage a marine park by buying a ticket to see the marine mammals captive there, or on a vacation in a resort with a swim with captive dolphins, you are contributing to their captures and helping keeping them prisoners! It is as simple as that! And yes there is still capture!

If you do not like my quote,  before posting an uneducated comment on my journal entry, do yourself a favour and please go on Google search and type: Where do captive dolphins come from.
When the first page will  open, click on Dolphins FAQ. You will be on the WSPA org web page, an organisation dedicated to the well-fare of all animals. Please click on  all the questions and read all the answers. So, the next time you decide to visit a marine park that is exhibiting marine mammals  or decide to become a paying customer at swim-with -the-dolphin dolphins program for human entertainment... you will know exactly what your decision making and your choice of spending your money is contributing to do!

Every choice you make influence the whole world around you, and demand for people to see marine mammals in captivity create the need for prisoners to be kept in a tank or confinement  1% the size of their natural habitat. So think about that the next time you are clapping your hands to a showing of their unnatural behaviours!  That's your choice!

FOR MYSELF AND THE PURPOSE OF MY ART, THIS IS WHAT I DECIDED TO DO FROM NOW ON:
My choice and my way of standing up for the awareness of marine mammals in captivity is  to block from my profile page all deviants  whom are taking pictures in marine parks & zoos and GROUPS whom are  proudly displaying them, from favouring my art or adding me to their deviants watch list.

I cannot accept to have my work mix up with peoples encouraging the captivity of animals that should be living in freedom in the ocean, where they belong, not in a fish bowl or cages!
All others DEVIANTS ARTISTS can help also by not encouraging pictures of these beautiful creatures, kept as prisoners...
The best way to commune with dolphins or other marine mammals is from the deck of a whale watch operation that follows a responsible code of conductor, better yet, from shore, where you can be sure that you're not harming them.
Now this is my choice ; what's your choice going to be?
Belugas are fund in Arctic and Subarctic waters along the northern coasts of Canada, Alaska, Russia, Norway and Greenland. It is estimated that between 72,000 and 144,000 belugas lives in Canadian waters.
These animals are distributed in the Western Arctic ( Beaufort Sea ), High Arctic ( Lancaster Sound, Baffin Bay), Eastern Arctic ( Cumberland Sound and Southern Baffin, Hudson Bay, James Bay and Ungava Bay ) and in the St-Lawrence Estuary.
This is where I come from, in Quebec, and I have the privilege to be able to go observe them at the site where the St-Lawrence and the Saguenay Rivers meet, at only just about 60 kilometers from my house.
There is less than a thousand of belugas there and this group of belugas are completely apart from the other groups; they stay there all year round and do not go up in the arctic waters. The region provides a lot of education and conservation awareness. Boat's excursions with scientists and marine biologists are provided to educate tourists and locals on how important this is to protect the species.
You can also go sea kayaking in the Saguenay Fjord, this is an amazing place, extremely deep and you will find the belugas very curious about the kayaks.
They will come right beside you, take a good look, pup their head right out of the water to take a breath and they will start playing around and even push the sea kayak from behind with their huge head sticking out of the water.
What !  You don't believe me! OK then, go on You Tube and type in " Beluga Retropropulsion ". It is really something to view. The video is from last summer and I guarantee you that I will try to go in the sea kayaks if I can this summer.

The white color of the beluga and the absence of a dorsal fin are the main distinguishing features, as indicated by the scientific name Delphinapterus leucas, which translates literally as" the white dolphin without a wing". The common name " beluga" means " the white one" in Russian.
In reality, only the adults are white; calves are born a brownish grey color and gradually pale to become totally white between six and eight years of age.
Mating takes place in April-May and gestation lasts about 14 months. Births occur between the end of June to early August. The lengthly gestation, followed by a nursing period of some 18 months results in females only being able to produce young approximately every three years.
They are very susceptible to the pollutants that we put in the water; they also get cancers from absorbing those pollutants like led, PCP, mercury and all the other crap we trough in there.

I hope these facts will help you think of how important it is to stop polluting the water and stop using chemicals and pesticides that end up in our rivers and oceans. Use products without phosphates and that are bio-degradable, read the labels on products you are buying for laundry, for washing dishes, your shampoos and conditioners, soaps and suds.
It is so easy... just take the time to inform yourself about the products you are using. Each of you can make a difference, one step at a time.
SOME FACTS ABOUT DOLPHINS!

Dolphins are well known for their intellect, their gregarious nature, their sociability and their acrobatic ability; but did you know that to prevent drowning while sleeping only half of the dolphin's brain goes to sleep while the other half remains awake so they can continue to breathe!

TREATS TO DOLPHINS: as the seas and the oceans warms up, dolphins are being seen more frequently in colder waters outside their historic ranges. Due to the rapidly rising oceans temperatures, the dolphins primary food sources are seeking deeper cooler waters. Scientists are very concerned that dolphins will have difficulty adapting as quickly as necessary to find new feeding grounds to sustain their populations.
Some dolphins that live in areas where rivers and oceans meet, known as brackish waters, are loosing habitat as ocean levels are rising due to global warming. Let not forget also what humans are doing to these animals every year in place like Taiji cove, in Japan. One great example to what we are capable to do to other living creatures! We kill each others all year round in the world, so no big deal with dolphins... right?

WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP DOLPHINS AND OURSELF:
We are responsible, each of us, for the changes in our climates and global warming; so it's only making sense that the first step would be: To think before any actions we choose to make; only then we have a chance to reduce our carbon foot print and our green gas emissions.

- Each of our actions, if we put them together, will make a huge difference and we would able able to step forward for protecting our planet and  all leaving creatures, including us.
- Try to buy local produces when you shop, so you don't encourage the use off large amount of fossil fuel to bring your food to your table.
- Use your car less, bike if you can, carpool, or even better walk because we all becoming too fat and out of shape due to our inactivity.
- Eat less meat; producing a single hamburger is worst in producing green gas emission than driving a car. The green gas emission caused by live stock production is gigantic!
-Inform yourself, then inform others, about what is going on. Your voice as way more power and impact that you can think. It's time to get those little thumbs texting the right messages! Go little thumbs, go!
- Be responsible! It is so easy to point the finger to someone else or to an other country. It is all our fault and we need to see it this way, it is each individual responsibility for making changes in our own lives. We are part of the problems, each of us, because of our hunger for material, useless gadgets and our enormous consummation and exploitation of all our naturals resources.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE CHANGES and find solutions, WE HAVE THE POWER  IF WE WORK TOGETHER toward the same goal!
And if you thing this does not concern you and that is not a big deal for you... well to bad so sad...we'll simply will get what we deserves for our inaction. And good luck with that , because last time I checked, there was only one planet we could live on!
THE WATER YOU TOUCH IN A RIVER IS THE LAST OF THAT WHICH HAS PASSED,AND THE FIRST OF THAT WHICH IS COMING; THUS IT IS WITH TIME.
Quote by: Leonardo Da Vinci
DOLPHIN'S SLAUGHTER: in Japan, in the Taiji Cove, in fall & winter, every year, over 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed by Japanese fisherman; even more shocking, the captive dolphin industry and marine parks around the world are willing accomplices to the kill paying as much as $100,000.00 per captive dolphin.
Last year alone in Taiji, over 150 dolphins were captured and sold!
Even with all the attention created on this horrific Japanese custom by the award winning documentary film " The Cove ", the killing in Taiji continues.( Please watch the documentary The Cove, the images are very powerful and it will change your view on captive dolphins, I guarantee it )
The brutal massacre, the largest dolphin kill in the world, goes on for six month of every year from October through April.
The type of dolphins captured and killed include: bottle-nose dolphins, stripe dolphins, pilot whales, false killer whales, spotted dolphins, and Risso's dolphins.Since the hunts began and to date over 400,000 porpoises have been slaughtered and much of the dolphin and porpoise meat from the killing is sold and finds it way to Japanese markets labeled as whale meat.

IT'S TIME TO STOP THIS SENSELESS KILLING NOW!!! PLEASE JOIN THE FIGHT!
Here is what you can do:
1 - Write to the Japanese prime minister Noda Yoshihiko, and tell him that you will not purchase any Japanese products or visit Japan until they stop the killing and capturing of dolphins and whales. You can go on THE WHALEMAN FONDATION web site, they have a place to click to translate your letter in Japanese language.
2 - Please, do not participate in any captive swim-with the dolphins activity in vacations resorts.
3 - Do not support or visit any marine park, zoo, or amusement park that has captive dolphins and whales.
     These animals are supposed to be free and when you pay to go to see them in a park, you'll encourage their capture and their death!

EACH ONE OF US CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH OUR ACTIONS AND OUR CHOICES... Please help.