In Sentosa, A Pink Dolphin Suffers From Skin Cancer

Investigators from Wildlife Watcher and Sea Shepherd Singapore went to Underwater World to conduct an investigation of the treatment of dolphins. They attended two shows in July and August. After which, they detailed their findings in a 31-page report, stating that the dolphins inhabited rusty cages and performed unnatural acts.

One of the female dolphins, Han, has “visible head and mouth injury with skin problem.” She is suffering from skin cancer.

It doesn’t look pretty.

What Is Being Done

The Straits Times stated that Han is being treated by an animal veterinarian. The reporter also added that the dolphins undergo health checks to ensure that they are in good health. Judging from this terrifying image, it seems like some of the checks and balances have gone wrong. There isn’t much to the article, but it seems like there isn’t enough to prevent such incidents from happening.

 

First The Dolphins At RWS, Now This

Most of us have been guilty of watching these pink dolphins perform at the lagoon, but now, it’s time to take a stand against having animals in capitivity. The deaths of RWS dolphins and this pink dolphin show that keeping them in enclosures is detrimental to their health and well-being—here’s a quick rundown why:

 

  1. Having dolphins in captivity disrupts their natural behaviours. They won’t learn how to be dolphins because they are not around a larger group that will teach them how to behave as they should. They are social creatures, and keeping them in a small tank deprives them of learning how to socialise.
  2. Dolphins are intelligent and emotional, and they actually get depressed when in captivity. While it’s difficult to gauge how they feel, there have been cases where they have committed suicide as they are too depressed with their living conditions.

There are more reasons, of course, but the health of these dolphins is not worth the money made by people seeing these shows. There is enough evidence to show that keeping these dolphins is detrimental, and this should stop.


With reference to Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians, Huffington Post, National Geographic and The Straits Times,
Featured image via Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians