Lucas, however, thinks Bucky's forced participation in dolphin shows has less to do with enrichment, and more to with profit. "Bucky is considered the star performer," Lucas tells The Dodo. "As with all aspects of dolphin captivity, the animals are used because they draw in crowds, and thus draw in money for the park."
Marine Dolphin Magic is also steeped in controversy over the recent death of a 1-year-old dolphin, Ji-Ling, who was one of Bucky's three children. Ji-Ling died after he consumed leaves, sticks and a piece of metal in one of the park's two tanks. A staff member had tried to remove these items from the baby dolphin's stomach, but Ji-Ling died from a heart attack during the procedure.