- In the United States alone, according to figures from the US National Marine Fisheries Service, over 2300 bottle-nosed dolphins were captured for display purposes between 1972 and 1994 in the USA.
- 53% of those dolphins who survive the violent capture die within 90 days.
- The average lifespan of a dolphin in the wild is 45 years.
- Half of ALL captured dolphins die within the first two years of captivity.
- The other half live an average of only 5 years.
- Every 7 years half of all dolphins in captivity die from capture shock, pneumonia, intestinal disease, ulcers, chlorine poisoning, and other stress related illnesses. The captive dolphin industry accepts these losses as routine operating expenses. Which is why supporting places like the GA Aquarium, other aquariums who house cetaceans and parks like Sea World only helps those out to make money from their display of these mammals.
- Dolphinariums want you to believe that their mission is to protect dolphins in the wild through "research" and "public education". When in fact the only research going on is how can they keep these mammals alive longer so they can make more money!
- The GA Aquarium is getting ready to launch the opening of their dolphinarium on April 2, 2011. They have chose to ignore the facts of dolphin captivity and in doing so, chose murder of the mammals we so dearly love and enjoy.
More FACTS and STATISTICS later!