Dubai Dolphinarium has made a brief statement about the viral video of one of its trainers riding a dolphin, telling local news that the ‘management is investigating the video. We cannot talk about the video while the investigation is ongoing.’
The footage in question:
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Repost from @savethereef Disturbing footage has emerged from The Dubai Dolphinairium, an aquarium located in the United Arab Emirates. The video, filmed and uploaded by one of the facility’s very own trainers, shows another trainer sitting on top of a beached dolphin. This disgusting behavior is not only dangerous for both the dolphin and the trainer, but it could cause severe harm. Bottlenose dolphins, who can weigh an upward of 630lbs, are not designed to be on land, as their bodies cannot support their own weight. 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. Of Dubai Dolphinarium’s six dolphins, four are wild-caught – three of them being acquired from the infamous Taiji dolphin drives. These dolphins have been completely stripped of their freedom, now finding themselves being exploited and abused solely for the purpose of entertainment and profit. Dubai Dolphinarium and it’s trainers’ willingness to support such cruelty and violence says a lot about them and their attitude towards animals. This is not love, this is exploitation and abuse. Please share this video with your followers and help us spread awareness about this cruelty so people stop supporting places like this! Thank you for the head’s up @cetacean.inspiration #endanimalcruelty #emptythetanks #savethedolphins #karmagawa #savethereef
It led to the dissent of some people
The clip, found on Instagram, has now amassed more than 100,000 views in less than 24 hours after it was posted on an account called Karmagawa.
Marine activists and social media users condemed the act, stating that it was an unsafe act; since bottlenose dolphins, weighing 670 lbs, are not well-equipped to be on land.