Surfer Craig Brokensha recently filmed two of the four reported dolphins lifelessly languishing in the pool at Wake Bali Adventure Park in Indonesia. Showing the hopeless truth of wild animals kept confined, the video went viral and spurred a campaign to free the animals. "I just thought, that's incredible, that can't be right," Brokensha told news.com.au.
Attractions that allow tourists to swim with dolphins have been wildly popular all over the world. But the disturbing truth of these programs is starting to come to the surface, as dolphin trainers speak out about how these programs harm dolphins, including sunburn from the shallow pools where they're forced to live, vitamin deficiencies and premature death. The Dodo reported on the seedy underbelly of these programs in April, and pointed out that, according to a World Animal Protection/Humane Society of the United States report, "The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity," dolphins and other marine mammals in captivity are routinely given antibiotics, ulcer medications and vitamins to try to counteract the harm that captivity causes.