Yesterday was an exceptionally great day for us as we stumbled upon a pod of Pacific Bottlenose dolphins.
They stayed around for a while much to the enjoyment of our students and trainers. Even our resident PADI Course Director Richard jumped into the water to have a look closer at them from below.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is blessed with a wide variety of marine animals and, as this event showed, even the dolphins !
Sitting on the bow of our boat i felt so privileged to see them in the wild, leaping out of water - so free. It reminded me of all the sorry dolphins that are kept in captivity.
Dolphin and orca life expectancies are cut drastically in captivity. Dolphins will live for upwards of 40 and 50 years in the wild, but in captivity their survival rates are staggeringly low. At SeaWorld San Antonio, the average lifespan of a captive-bred dolphin is four years and at SeaWorld San Diego, 24 dolphins perished from pneumonia in 25 years.
So marine lovers ....… not everyone is fortunate to see dolphins in the wild but think twice before you visit them in captivity.