Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Discovery Cove Dolphin Dies in Accident
I don't know how I feel about Sea World and it's daughter site Discovery Cove. At best, I'm ambivalent about the need for man to manipulate nature in a way that permits entertaining human-animal interactions. Watching dolphins and killer whales perform for an audience is not exactly the best our living planet has to offer. On the other hand, advocates for these sites claim the dolphins and orcas appreciate their contact with humans and that the educational outreach is worth the cost of freedom. That's if you can put a price on freedom.
The accident occurred during a session with the public. Two dolphins jumped from the water at roughly the same time and collided. One of the dolphins in the collision died as a result.
At the moment, officials haven't said whether the jump was part of a rehearsed performance. I'm guessing it was.
Having an animal killed during the execution of a rehearsed performance is different than having it die as a result of the two animals engaging in random play.