The Daily Post photo theme for the week is Evanescent and I have chosen to interpret this with the fleeting images of airborne dolphins we had at a child’s birthday party held today at Durban’s Sea World.
I know the subject of dolphin shows is controversial, with many saying they should be banned and that the dolphins should roam freely in the oceans. Countering this is the argument that generally these dolphins have been rescued and nursed back to health, and their subsequent release after being inevitably tamed as a result of rehabilitation would create danger for them as well as for ignorant bathers. There is also the increased life expectancy in captivity to be taken into account.
Another fact that cannot be denied is the part played by such institutions in educating the public. The ‘show’ mammals are ambassadors for their own kind.
In the case of a penguin show we also attended, there are no two ways about it that all of them would have died without rescue, and that release to dwindling safe habitats is problematic.
We also saw a seal performance, where many of the same arguments apply.
I loved viewing some old friends in the aquarium — sea horses from Knysna.