Is swimming with dolphins bad for them?

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Spencer

Port Coquitlam, Canada

#1 Sep 23, 2007
I was told by some one that because of oils and other things that naturally occur on your body, it's dangerous to a dolphin's health to swim in a captive pool with them or touch them.
Is there truth to this?
Because i can't find any information confirming it.

Thanks!
Erika Chavez

Long Beach, CA

#2 Oct 24, 2007
I disagree. I swam with dolphins and they were perfectly fine. If it was bad for them would they allow it at seaworl.
Katie D

Burlingame, CA

#3 Jan 25, 2008
There is a difference between wild dolphins and captive dolphins. Keep your distance from wild dolphins unless you are certified with the proper permits. SeaWorld takes special precautions and specific care of their dolphins.
Rob

Coslada, Spain

#4 Feb 14, 2008
A Dolphin in a pool is subjected to a mixture of chemicals that are there to keep the pool and water clear. These often have adverse affects on the skin condition of the dolphins. the oils in our skin may have an affect if the animal is already slightly hurt. This is the least of the animals worries though! The fact that it is being fed dead fish and has no space may be more of an issue.

Dolphins lack a mucus membrane there skin is very much like our own, so the oils we produce will have little or no effect.

Rob

www.operationoceanica.org
CEC

Woodhaven, NY

#5 Apr 22, 2009
It is not healthy for the dolphin. SeaWorld should not be your benchmark, they are a business out to make money not an animal conservation organization.

Since: May 09

United States

#6 May 26, 2009
Spencer wrote:
I was told by some one that because of oils and other things that naturally occur on your body, it's dangerous to a dolphin's health to swim in a captive pool with them or touch them.
Is there truth to this?
Because i can't find any information confirming it.
Thanks!
i think swimming with dolphin's are good because i love dolphin's and i wish i could swim with dolphin's i already been on a dolphin boat trip and it was so fun to see them jump out of the water

Since: May 09

United States

#7 May 26, 2009
Rob wrote:
A Dolphin in a pool is subjected to a mixture of chemicals that are there to keep the pool and water clear. These often have adverse affects on the skin condition of the dolphins. the oils in our skin may have an affect if the animal is already slightly hurt. This is the least of the animals worries though! The fact that it is being fed dead fish and has no space may be more of an issue.
Dolphins lack a mucus membrane there skin is very much like our own, so the oils we produce will have little or no effect.
Rob
www.operationoceanica.org
but could you really swim with dolphin's though if you really wanted to
Emily

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Dec 1, 2009
I don't know all of the details very well, but I do know that swimming with dolphins is VERY bad from them emotionally. It depresses them and can actually cause them to have a shorter life. This is not a heavily researched topic because so many people "love swimming with dolphins!" but if you want thorough information on this, you should see the documentary THE COVE that is being released in a few weeks (December 2009). It's sad, but that will give you the answer you are looking for.
lily

Cheshire, CT

#9 Jan 31, 2010
i swam with dolphins and before we could get into the pool with them they made me put on this special lotion so that my oils would harm the dolphins.
Skeptic

Groton, MA

#10 Jun 23, 2010
Do you think 1 million gallons/day of crude oil is bad for the dolphins? Do you thinnk Obmama cares? The president who hates the United States middle class?
Spencer wrote:
I was told by some one that because of oils and other things that naturally occur on your body, it's dangerous to a dolphin's health to swim in a captive pool with them or touch them.
Is there truth to this?
Because i can't find any information confirming it.
Thanks!
GES

Daly City, CA

#11 Nov 28, 2010
how do we know if they want to even be bothered.
Natalie

Providence, RI

#12 Dec 15, 2010
Did you guys know that when your swimming with dolphins is bad, their in capatvity and they should have a right to be set free, Their smiling and making you happy not because they like interacting with humans its becasue their hungry and their fed with they perform their tricks correctly. I WISH ALL SEA PARKS, AND ECT SHOULD BE BE BOYCOTT >:(
Sad

Granada Hills, CA

#13 Mar 17, 2011
If you want to swim with a dolphin jump in the ocean. Some people are so ignorant.
Sad

Granada Hills, CA

#14 Mar 17, 2011
@ Natalie..... Hey I'm originally from RI.
JAz

United States

#15 Mar 31, 2011
Swimming with dolphins negatively affects their fins because they are subjected to haul a person which puts a lot of pressure on it's fin which is not something they are naturally accustomed to
Hsauce

Brisbane, Australia

#16 Apr 27, 2011
By paying money to swim with dolphins, you are supporting an industry that captures and slaughters wild dolphins for thier meat and teeth. This happens in the solomon islands. But they keep the 'show quality' ones alive and send them off to countries like Dubai so they can be kept in theme parks for human amusement. Dolphins are highly stressed in artificial environments and have a much shorter life expectancy compared to wild dolphins. Only a fraction of all captive dolphins were rescued or born in captivity. They can also get nasty (who can blame them) and keep you pinned under the water and try to rape you..
facts please

Spring Hill, FL

#17 Jun 21, 2013
@Hsause wild dolphins pin and rape humans, about 14 people per year in FACT. not captive dolphins. Swimming with dolphins does NOT promote killing and slaughtering of dolphins teeth etc. people swim with LIVE, healthy, HAPPY dolphins, slaughtering them makes no BUISNESS sense, who will swim with a dead toothless dolphins, GET REAL. The save the dolphin business is a MULTI MILLION DOLLAR business too, so before you say sea world is in it to make money SO IS SAVE THE DOLPHINS too, or did you think your donations didn't go to them eating at fine dining restaurants "planning" on how to save the dolphins (fools)! Captive dolphins are treated with the best vet care, fed daily versus beaching themselves from government sonar blasts that make them bleed from their eyes and ears, the OIL spills that killed THOUSANDS I'm sorry HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dolphins that SUFFOCATED from the OIL WE ALL USE TO DRIVE our cars, etc., If you really wanna help dolphins think of the ones who are suffering because of YOUR oil, plastic and government blasting in the wild, not the ones who are sheltered from all that horror in the wild, who are getting the royal treatment and NOT getting eating alive by sharks.

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