There are a number of concerning issues when it comes to dolphin and whale captivity. With so many marine parks and aquariums using terms like “rescue” or “research” there is a level of confusion among consumers. The following are some of the most common questions we’ve received about dolphin captivity. More information about captivity issues is available on our Facts About Captivity page.
Where do captive dolphins come from?
Aren't most captive dolphins rescued?
Can captive dolphins return to the ocean?
Aren’t dolphins safer in captivity than in the wild? There’s so much plastic pollution, sonar testing, and commercial fishing.
Don't marine parks do some good work?
How will we learn about dolphins if we don’t study captive ones?
Is connecting with a captive dolphin in person necessary to inspire conservation?
Are there any dolphin facilities that are ok to visit?