As Hurricane Irma continues its trail of devastation, animal advocates continue to prove that they are definitely an extraordinary breed.
A most recent example came from Cuba over the weekend when teams of rescue workers scrambled to airlift six dolphins by helicopter to safety from Hurricane Irma, hours before winds of up to 160mph struck the area.
The rescued marine mammals, which had been housed at the Cable Esqui Center on the small island of Cayo Guillermo in Cuba, were placed on foam mattresses and successfully transported to a safe place in the southern province of Cienfuegos.
According to The Journal, upon arrival, the dolphins were then put in a swimming pool in a special aquarium designed to provide them with “similar conditions to their natural life”
“If the weather situation does not allow us to keep them there, they will be displaced to the saltwater swimming pool of a hotel,” explained Dolphinarium manager Gonzalo Carrero Escobar who also confirmed that trainers and a veterinarian accompanied the marine mammals.
While WAN is grateful that these dolphins were spared, sadly, swimming with dolphins in captivity remains popular throughout Cuba, particularly in Varadero, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Santa Maria, and Holguin.
Horrifically, these dolphins are forced to perform, for their food, every day. They perform to eat just to survive.
WAN does not condone any type of exploitation of animals for human entertainment. People wanting a dolphin experience are encouraged to seek out responsible wild whale and dolphin watching tours where they are able to witness these incredible marine mammals emerge and thrive in their natural habitat.
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