About Dolphins in Captivity

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Dolphins in captivity often have medical issues that prevent them from being returned to the wild. They are cared for by veterinarians and trainers in order to educate the public. Find out more about captive dolphins with information from a dolphin behavioral husbandry and rehabilitation coordinator in this free video on dolphins.

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Video Transcript

Hi I'm Petra Cunningham-Smith. I'm one of the dolphin trainers at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. We're going to talk about dolphins in captivity. A dolphin that is in captivity is any animal that's living in a facility being cared for by people that's not living in the wild. Here at Mote Marine Laboratory we have two dolphins living with us, Moonshine and Harley. Moonshine is a pan-tropical spotted dolphin that's stranded in the Florida Keys. Harley is a spinner dolphin that's stranded in Texas. Both of these animals have medical issues that will not allow them to be transferred back out into the wild. And so they live with us here at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. Here at Mote they can be cared for by a veterinarian and interact with trainers and also educate the public about their species. And that's why we have dolphins living in captivity here at Mote. And that's a little bit about dolphins in captivity, I'm Petra Cunningham-Smith here at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida.


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