The dolphin is one of the most adored animals in the world. Often associated with serenity and depicted as the savior of many seafarers in literature and artwork, this aquatic mammal has truly penetrated the hearts of everyone all over the world.

Unfortunately, this likable quality and the prominent use of the dolphin as some sort of “domesticated” creature in myths and legends has forced many of them into a life of captivity in the hands of businesses that hide behind the promise of science and learning. So today, in honor of the majestic dolphin, here are some captive dolphin facts that you may find very interesting and may hopefully deter you from supporting marine parks that enslave this free-spirited animal!

Captive dolphins are often force-fed

It isn’t rare for captive cetaceans to be trained to be fed via tube. Because it’s common for dolphins to refuse to eat (for many reasons associated with being captive; some of which we’ll talk about later), marine parks have come up with a contingency. They train their show dolphins to tolerate the insertion of tubes into their stomachs so that they can be force-fed by their keepers. When the physiological functions refuse to work properly in consistent fashion, it’s not farfetched to compare this act to having the creature on life support for the rest of its performing days.

Dolphins are easily bored

Dolphins are known to be one of the smartest animals in the world as they have been observed to respond to a multitude of stimuli that other animals don’t even notice; and their intelligence comes with being bored easily. The boredom experienced by the captive dolphins is entailed with prevalent and repetitive behavior that can only be observed in a very small percentage of their wild counterparts. Such behaviors include chewing on their divider cages (which also causes dental issues), staying still under water, and causing so much stress that they lash out on each other.

They experience a lot of health issues and have to practically live off of medication.

If an animal refuses to survive without the constant need for medication and medical assistance, then it should be easy to triangulate the specifics of the terrible living standard they’re under.

Captive Dolphins have been known to hurt themselves

Self-harm and even suicide attempts have been observed in captive dolphins. There have been many reports of cetaceans slamming their bodies and especially their heads onto the walls of their confinement. An act known as “logging” where the animal just floats aimlessly on the water’s surface is also common. Self-beaching, the act of getting out of the water to eventually perish, is also an issue that has plagued these animals.

Over all, dolphins are suffering everywhere in the world. Do not be fooled by the establishments that swear by their pursuance of science and the education people because they are just in it for the money. No decent park or sanctuary will force the animals that they apparently love and adore into a life of suffering and torture. If you’re one of the many people that are enchanted by the dolphin from many of stories and works of art that they’re featured in, please stop supporting the people who have held these poor creatures by their fins for way too long.