What you need to know before you go swimming with captive dolphins
Wild dolphins and whales often travel hundreds of miles across oceans and dive hundreds of metres below the surface
Captive dolphins and whales often live in areas which may only be 4 metres deep and 15 metres wide
Wild dolphins and whales live in large yet close-knit groups called pods which consists of close family members
Captive dolphins and whales are often put in tanks with inappropriate companions and when captured are removed from their family
Wild dolphins and whales hunt for live prey and choose what they want to eat and when
Captive dolphins and whales must perform tricks and then wait until a human offers them a fish which is already dead
Wild dolphins and whales spend very little time on the surface of the ocean
Captive dolphins and whales will spend more than half their time on the surface of the water which may cause their dorsal fin to roll to one side
Wild dolphins and whales have a special way of knowing where they are and where their food is using an ability called echolocation*
Captive dolphins and whales find their unique family language which uses echolocation is worthless in a smooth tank with no live fish to hunt
Wild dolphins and whales are free to roam across ocean borders, hunt for their food and live in tight family pods which communicate with their own unique language of clicks and whistles!
Captive dolphins and whales can only swim to the sides and bottoms of their tanks, are removed from their family and their lives are absolutely controlled by their trainers.
THE OCEAN ENVIRONMENT WILL NEVER BE REPLICATED IN A TANK OR SEA PEN
In addition to the stark differences between wild and captive dolphins you also need to think about the risks to your health - many diseases can be transmitted from dolphins to humans from diseases in the tank water where the dolphin urinates and defacates. There have also been many injuries resulting from swimming with dolphins which have become agitated and aggressive.
There are many other opportunities in the places cruise ships travel to see wild marine mammals, how can a trained dolphin which simply performs for food compare to that??