If you haven’t heard about this yet, here’s the link to the story about the dolphin death at Discovery Cove yesterday. Discovery Cove is a smaller, “more intimate” theme park across the street from Sea World where tourists pay $280.00 to swim with dolphins and other less exciting creatures of the sea.
As you can see, it’s being dubbed a “freak accident,” apparently on the authority of
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It’s a wonder I’m still alive.
I realize this just happened, and I’m sure there will be follow up articles, but the only other one I could find as of this morning was this five sentence gem. The key sentence being:
The accident was apparently a freak accident.
I’m gonna step out of character here and say Sharky could’ve composed a more intelligent sentence.
Sea World will investigate the incident, and will be “looking into training protocols to make sure it doesn't happen again.” What they won’t be doing is contemplating the philosophical and moral implications of holding allegedly intelligent animals in captivity for the purpose of entertaining [reference redacted]. Look, I don’t rate animals above humans on the importance scale, but let’s not bullshit ourselves here. It doesn’t matter how cute they are, how friendly they appear to be, or how much you anthropomorphize them, dolphins are not magical water people. They’re wild animals and therefore unpredictable. Sea World knows this. That’s why they make Discovery Cove visitors sign a dolphin waiver before ever setting foot in the water.
I’m not saying Sharky was on a suicide mission or anything, but who knows? They’re animals, so we’ll never know. This or other “unusual” behavior can just as easily happen while people are swimming with them.
And I don’t care how much good Sea World has done over the years, they’re the biggest perpetrator of the dolphin myth, but even so, I don’t blame them. I blame everyone else who believes it. I don’t even have a problem with animals in captivity performing tricks as long as we don’t dress it up and pretend to be pursuing some loftier goal, like “awareness,” or “conservation.” Call it what it is. It’s entertainment, plain and simple. Dolphins are the A-listers of the animal world and they keep the money flowing. It doesn’t matter what kind of scientific research Sharky’s remains will be used for, that dolphin died in the name of showbiz and any other rationalization is just a lie.
Okay, I’m rambling, so enough of that. Tomorrow we’ll discuss something way more uplifting: Truck Nutz!