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Dolphin dies at Arizona’s Dolphinaris

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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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9 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    I am so sorry and will pray for precious Alia. This facility needs to take a serious look at the tragedies suffered there. Please please take the time to think about the dolphins’ interests first! Remember they are not ours and should not be exploited for entertainment purposes.

  2. Marni Montanez says:

    if only we knew exactly who was going to these stupid things. then at least we could make them aware. Dolphins don’t belong in tanks. They were created for the big open sea.

  3. Carol says:

    Isn’t it strange that a “shit hole” like Mexico City is able to recognize the cruelty and abuse of keeping dolphins trapped in a tiny pool for human entertainment and banned dolphinariums, while the United States is still stuck in the 1900’s on the subject? I’m just sayin’.

  4. Red says:

    CLOSE THIS PLACE……..two deaths in less than 2 years?!?!?! Dolphins do not need to be in this horrible heat! Please send them to a sanctuary!!!

  5. eleanor blue thunder higginbotham says:

    the dolphin was taken from freedom, now she is being dissected. do not replace the dolphin

  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    Dolphinaris’ DEEP SORRY is nothing more than lip service – they imprisoned this animal that belongs in the waters – not in some damn pool for human entertainment. If this dump really cared, they would NEVER imprison another dolphin – this is #2 in two years – these beings do not belong in any captive environment EVER – all captivity does is kill these beautiful creatures –


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