Another anthropocentric management solution is to send the dolphin to a captive facility. As the documentaries "The Cove" and "Blackfish" show, however, captivity is never the answer. Part of the argument for captivity is to prevent propeller strikes or fishing line entanglements that may injure or kill the dolphins. Not only are these problems that can be solved, again, by managing people and their activities, but this argument is also selling the dolphins short.
"The ocean is the dolphins' home -- for most of us, it is merely our playground," points out Frohoff. "It has been their home for millions of years. We need to become civilized enough to respect them where they, not we, live."
Dolphins know what they are doing. They make decisions and understand the ocean more than we ever could. Perhaps the Australian dolphin has learned how to avoid potential dangers in her environment, but the fact that we don't know for sure does not give us the right to remove her from her ocean home.
Unfortunately Australia is no stranger to capturing sociable dolphins. In 2009, at the request of the Department of Environment and Resource Management, SeaWorld Gold Coast captured Cliffy, another friendly sociable who interacted with people around the Port of Brisbane. To this day, Cliffy continues to bring in big bucks for the aquarium, never to see the ocean or his family again.