A dolphin has died at Arizona’s Dolphinaris facility in Scottsdale. This is the second dolphin death reported at the dolpinarium which opened in 2016. Dolphinaris announced the dolphin’s death on May 22:
Dolphinaris announces with deep sorrow the passing of Alia, a 10-year old female bottle-nose dolphin early this morning, May 22, 2018.
According to the facility, the bottle-nose dolphin had displayed “unusual behaviors” in the days preceding her death, and staff had been monitoring her. Alia’s cause of death has not yet been determined – her body is undergoing a necropsy which will hopefully provide insight about why she died. In September 2017, another dolphin named Brodie died at the same facility.
Why are captive dolphins dying?
According to Care 2, there is concern that dolphins at the Arizona dolphinarium may be at risk of contracting Valley Fever. There is speculation that Valley Fever may be the cause of Brodie’s demise.
Should dolphins be held for human entertainment?
For most people, the answer is no – dolphins should not be held in captivity for human entertainment. However, as long as people keep buying tickets, the highly intelligent animals likely will remain in small tanks, living an unnatural life. Recently, Mexico City banned dolpinariums – all of the dolphins which were held at the facility will be moved within a six month period of time. Read more about this development here.
(Screenshot of dolphin via Dolphinaris)
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