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Instagram Issued A Warning To Anyone Who Searches #DubaiDolphinarium

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Dubai Dolphinarium came under scrutiny last week after a video emerged of a trainer at the Dubai Creek facility attempting to ride a dolphin appeared online.

The venue, that promises ‘the most unique and fascinating indoor attractions in UAE’ including dolphin and seal shows, at the time announced it was launching an investigation into the incident, and now it seems Instagram, the social platform where the video was widely shared, is also taking action.

“Protect Wildlife on Instagram”

Now, search #DubaiDolphinarium on the ‘gram and rather than recent posts featuring the Dolphinarium appearing, you’re greeted with this:

‘Animal abuse is not allowed on Instagram’

By posting this warning, Instagram is telling users they may be searching for a hashtag associated with animal abuse.

“Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram. You are searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behaviour to animals or the environment.”

Users then have the option to ‘learn more about the message, or click the ‘see post’ option.

The upsetting video shook internet users internationally

Dubai Dolphinarium made a brief statement about the viral video telling local news that the ‘management is investigating the video. We cannot talk about the video while the investigation is ongoing.’

Marine activists and social media users condemned the act, stating that it was an unsafe act; since bottlenose dolphins, weighing 670 lbs, are not well-equipped to be on land.

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