after more than three decades of experience with marine mammals in captivity,
we DO know better. Yet we continue to catch them, confine them, and display them
really understand dolphins, one must study them on their own terms. For them,
the sea is a realm whose vast spaces are defined acoustically. Cetaceans communicate
over hundreds of miles, making theirs a truly global society. Surrounded by this
universal conductor of communication, marine mammals develop unusually strong
bonds to one another.
particularly marine mammal circus acts, are bound to disappear as the public is
educated and revolts against it.
it too late to prevent us from self-destructing? No, for we have the capacity
to design our own future, to take a lesson from living things around us and bring
our values and actions in line with ecological necessity. But we must first realize
that ecological and social and economic issues are all deeply intertwined. There
can be no solution to one without a solution to the others."