The dolphins should be in the ocean. Instead, they’re trapped inside a small, shallow swimming pool in the basement of a hotel, where all they can do is swim laps — back and forth, and back and forth.
Margaux Dodds, cofounder of Marine Connection, first learned about the dolphins through a contact who’d visited the Best Western Paradise Hotel Dilijan, a hotel near the Armenian capital of Yerevan, and saw the dolphins in person.
“What they saw were the two dolphins in something that’s akin to a public swimming pool,” Dodds, whose group campaigns against cetacean captivity, told The Dodo. “[The hotel is] saying that it was purposely built for the dolphins, but sorry — I don’t quite believe that. I think it has been their indoor swimming pool for their guests, and they’ve now just switched to using it for the dolphins.”