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Outrage Sparked By Video Of Dolphin Being “Crushed” At Dubai Aquarium

by | August 22, 2019

Outrage was sparked this month by footage of a dolphin being “crushed” by a trainer at The Dubai Dophinarium.

The video, shared to Instagram, pictures a trainer sitting on a bottlenose dolphin on the concrete wall around a pool. Eventually, the animal slides into the water with the trainer on its back.

It has since been deleted from the original account, but has been shared on the Instagram account @cetacean.inspiration.

Dolphin In Wild
Dolphins in the wild swim upward of 100km a day (Source: MichalSen/Shuttertsock.com)

In Defense Of The Dolphin

These are conditions which, according to Dr Elsayed Ahmad Mohammad, the Mena Regional Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, are not appropriate for dolphins — akin to punching a person in the abdomen.

“It is well known that the body of dolphins is very sensitive,” he told Gulf News.

“Its body is always swimming freely in the water. The dolphin’s body is not adaptable to any pressure outside water. Pressing the abdomen of the dolphin to the floor can easily harm its internal organs.”

The Instagram account @cetacean.inspiration echoes his sentiment, calling the footage “worrying and disturbing.”

“Bottlenose dolphins, who can weigh an upward of 630lbs, are not designed to be on land, as their bodies cannot support their own weight,” it reads.

“After only a few minutes, their weight begins to crush their internal organs and muscles. Now add the weight of an adult women on top of that — this dolphin is literally being crushed.”

The Dubai Dolphinarium has announced that it is investigating the matter, but there is scepticism about that claim, according to the Dolphin Project.

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