Dolphinaris Arizona, release the Four Dolphins!

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Since its grand opening on Oct. 2016, half of the dolphins that were brought to the aquatic attraction Dolphinaris Arizona have died. Dolphins from SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, and Dolphin Quest Hawaii  were brought into smaller pools with unfamiliar dolphins to this new aquatic attraction. Four dolphins have died so far due to infection, leaving four that still remain in captivity.There are cases that clearly show that dolphins and whales should not be in captivity especially not in the desert. We call for Dolphinaris Arizona to free the remaining four dolphins.

The first two dolphins who died were Bodie, a 7 year old bottlenose dolphin and Alia, a 10 year old bottlenose dolphin. The dolphins had been transferred into a new facility with unfamiliar dolphins which can cause them high levels of stress, according to  Lori Marino, a neuroscientist who has studied dolphins for 30 years and is the founder of the Whale Sanctuary Project. This stress affects the dolphin’s immune system, making them vulnerable to infections. Necropsies confirmed that Bodie died of a fungal infection in 2017 and Alia died of a bacterial infection in 2018.

Many critics have also stated that dolphins do not belong in the desert. Having them in the desert environment exposes the dolphins to bacteria in the desert. According to Naomi Rose, a marine mammal biologist for the Washington, D.C.- based Animal Welfare Institute, desert environments carry dust and fungal spores; therefore, dolphins do not belong in the desert. One particular experience family packet that Dolphinaris Arizona provides includes getting in the water and touching the dolphins. This exposes the dolphins  to infections such as bacterial infection, fungal infection and sarcocystis parasite when humans touch them. This is a very risky thing to do since it puts at risk the dolphin’s health as well as a person’s.

So far 4 dolphins have died and, statistically, that is 50% of their captive dolphin inventory dead, having many people asking why, including the Dolphin Project. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, bottlenose dolphins have a lifespan of 40 to 60 years. Bodie, Alia, Khloe and now Kai'nalu died between 7 to 22 years. Dolphins in captivity are not living close to the 40 to 60 years. They're under chronic stress from living in tanks and dealing with people coming into their tanks, putting their hands on the animals and possibly transferring a disease, stated Marino.   

We can not forget the four surviving dolphins that are still living in captivity at Dolphinaris Arizona. Despite the many protest and the pressure from environmentalist to produce pressure, officials at Dolphinaris Arizona state that the release of the remaining dolphins has not been considered. Join us in protecting the lives of these dolphins by asking Ventura Entertainment, OdySea in the Desert, Representatives of the aquarium Dolphinaris Arizona and Ran Knishinnsky, to release the four dolphins that are still living in captivity. The deaths of the previous dolphins clearly show that dolphins exposed to desert environments makes them vulnerable to infections and being in captivity increases their levels of stress, cutting their life span to half of what they are expected to live. Dolphinaris Arizona, help and protect the dolphins by releasing them now.