Via dolphinaria.truth (x):

At Loro Parque dolphinaria.truth filmed a training session of Morgan with one of her trainers Julian, who ist one of the chief trainers and an expert for orca training. He trains her from the beginning and has a great relationship with the rescued killer whale. This video was filmed in the morning. Morgan already got her breakfast (a feeding of fish without training), spend some spare time and then took part in this training session. She performes spectacular jumps, which are behavioural enrichment for her and educate people about the intelligence and strength of orcas during the show.

You can also see Julian reinforceing positively waiting of her. Why? Professional trainers already knew in the 1960s that dolphins love to perform in training sessions or shows. Their motivation is therefore really high and they become short-temperedly. That’s why waiting is a behaviour that needs to be reinforced - it’s not easy to do for dolphins enjoying training sessions.

As you can see, Morgan could swim away easily. If she wouldn’t like this training, it would be no problem to leave Julian. She knows she would get the fish in a feeding later and would have no disadventage because of non participating in this session concerning her food. Morgan doesn’t leave, because she enjoys spending time with Julian. Relationship is the key and why dolphins take part in sessions like that.


Finally some attention to these poor orcas!

This population, which is close to extintion with less than 40 living members due to the overfishing of their main prey, tuna, the competition against fishermen (resulting in orca deaths) and the pollution in their area due to cargo ships and whale watch boats, is now PROTECTED under a new Conservation Plan with the goal of helping the 2 different populations living in the Gulf of Cádiz and Strait of Gibraltar to recover and to keep reproducing and to take a better care of their habitat by (to sump these Spanish articles X);

*Studing them in a more exhaustive way, learning about their genetic and even researching their family trees!!!
*Collaborating and compare data with other research organizations and dolphinaria. 
*Basically enforcing the law that protects them from boat harassment
*Raising awareness of their situation in beaches near the Strait, whale watching companies, aquariums, zoos, dolphinaria and schools
*Reducing the whale watching boats around the area since it’s been proved that whale watching disrupts their behaviour.
*Reducing the total of tuna caught in the middle of the Strait
*Forbidding whale watching during Spring in the left side of the Strait.
*Controlling militar activities and forbidding sonars.
*Stopping new coastal buildings as the proposed maritime eolic station.
*Searching for the sources of the main pollutants which affect the orcas

Let’s save Strait of Gibraltar orcas!

This is the best xmas gift they could have been given don’t you think so?
A review of Dolphinaria prepared for the department of the environment

A Review of Dolphinaria was published in 1986 and is and remains Crown copyright and reproduced here under the terms of fair use.

In 1985 after concerns raised about the care of cetaceans in the UK by various animal and environmental groups the then Department of the Environment, now part of DEFRA, commissioned biologists Dr Margaret Klinowska and Dr Susan Brown to research and review the keeping of these animals in UK zoos and aquaria.

Klinowska and Brown’s report ‘A Review Of Dolphinaria’ was published in 1986. The authors did have the authority to recommend that cetaceans should not be held in captive care if their research supported such a position. However it did not and they maintained that these animals could be successfully kept in animal collections provided they were given the right conditions.

In 1986, a Steering Group of experts and officials was setup to review the recommendations of the report “A Review of Dolphinaria” and after consultation with various interested parties in 1988 they published; “Dolphinaria: Report of the Steering Group” which setup recommendations for the future welfare and keeping standards for cetaceans in UK animal collections. A copy of this report can be found HERE.

Within the report I have included links to pages from the UK Dolphinaria web site to provide photographic and in some cases video of the facilities mentioned.



As part of an ongoing campaign to end the captivity of cetaceans in Europe, Marine Connection as members of the Dolphinaria-Free Europe Campaign, urge you to watch this moving poem which is the work of year 6 pupils from Devonshire Road Primary School in the UK. What is amazing is the depth of feeling these children have injected into their film and their obvious desire to end the keeping of marine mammals in captivity.

Please share this video. Captivity may be over in the UK, it has not ended in Europe.
Dolphins in Asia

Right now China is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of ocean parks across the mainland, and the number of wild caught cetaceans held within these facilities continues to increase, with the documented arrival of over 250 wild caught cetaceans into 26 ocean parks since 2010.

Investigations by the China Cetacean Alliance have revealed that there are 39 dolphinaria in the country, with a further 14 being constructed. It also reveals that the total number of marine animals stands approximately at 491 cetaceans (including 279 bottlenose dolphins, 114 beluga whales and 11 Orca).

The China Cetacean Alliance report, revealing the results of the extensive investigation, is expected by the end of 2015.

Hopefully we’ll get some more information soon, and we’ll be able to confirm the number of Orca in china.