Taking to social media, local photographer Michele Agius highlighted the harsh reality of marine mammals such as dolphins having to stay in captivity.
Taking an aerial shot of the Mediterraneo Marine Park in Baħar iċ-Ċaghaq, he showed lonely dolphins swimming ‘in endless circles’ in pools instead of their natural habitats.
‘Here dolphins are forced to swim within the confines of tiny concrete tanks, while their actual home is only a few metres away.’
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‘Wild dolphins can swim more than 60km a day. In contrast, captive dolphins are exploited & forced to swim in endless circles & perform tricks that their oceanic counterparts never partake in.’
Agius highlighted how a dolphin ‘smiling’ is actually an anatomical illusion due to the configuration of their jaws. ‘They are NOT happy’ he stated.
‘Love animals? Please don’t buy a ticket this summer. We have no right to put these incredible & intelligent creatures in captivity for our own pleasure. We are guests on this planet, not its masters.’