“Common dolphins are highly emotional, social, wide-ranging animals and usually don’t adapt well to captivity,” Sandeman added. “It’s why common dolphins aren’t so common in captivity — they didn’t survive well historically so the industry just stopped trying to maintain them. Keeping her as a solitary animal is just particularly inhumane.”
While it’s not clear if Martinha is still able to be released back into the wild, the team at Martinha’s Rescue Coalition want to be able to see Martinha and assess her current condition. If she can’t be released, moving her to a sanctuary could be a good alternative.
‘’Martinha is becoming the poster child for dolphins who desperately need sanctuary,” Ric O’Barry, founder of Dolphin Project, told The Dodo. “She stranded and was shuffled off to a concrete tank. Many like her cannot be released back into the wild and need a decent habitat to live out the rest of their life with quality and dignity.’’