I found this quite ..Shocking .A video has emerged of the moment an aquarium dolphin leapt out of its tank in a seemingly desperate attempt to escape
The dolphin, from the Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa, Japan, made the dive onto the floor outside its tank during a performance, the Daily Mail
Called Kuru, the dolphin is a species known as a false killer whale, which can grow to up to 6m in length.
A US tourist captured the moment on camera and the footage shows aquarium staff rushing to wrap Kuru in a mat before lifting it back into the water
with a crane.
Other dolphins in the tank gather around the side where Kuru leapt out.
Dolphin activist Ric O'Barry, who was sent the footage, told the Daily Mail the case highlighted how animals suffered in captivity.
"The habitat of that false killer whale is so unnatural it leapt out in desperation."
"It wanted to end it. Why does a person jump out of a building."
Keeping dolphins in concrete tanks was cruel because it deprived them of their sensory skills and bombarded them with strange sounds, he said.
But the aquarium's dolphin manager Hideshu Teruya denied Kuru was trying to escape.
"It was playing around and jumped out by accident from the momentum," he told the newspaper.
The dolphin had suffered some minor scratches and bruises but was otherwise unharmed by the incident, he said. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
here is the link with a brief video attached
The dolphin was otherwise unharmed
that statement seems to appear as a weak excuse to cover up the trauma these creatures go through.
# 53% of those dolphins who survive the violent capture die within 90 days.
# The average life span of a dolphin in the wild is 45 years; yet half of all captured dolphins die within their first two years of captivity. The
survivors last an average of only 5 years in captivity.
# Every seven years, half of all dolphins in captivity die from capture shock, pneumonia, intestinal disease, ulcers, chlorine poisoning, and other
stress-related illnesses. To the captive dolphin industry, these facts are accepted as routine operating expenses.
# In many tanks the water is full of chemicals as well as bacteria, causing many health problems in dolphins including blindness.
# When a baby dolphin is born in captivity, the news is usually kept secret until the calf shows signs of survival. Although marine mammals do breed
in captivity, the birth rate is not nearly as successful as the one in the wild, with high infant mortality rates.
# Wild dolphins can swim 40 to 100 miles per day - in pools they go around in circles.
# Many marine parks subject their mammals to hunger so they will perform for their food. Jumping through hoops, tailwalking and playing ball are
trained behaviors that do not occur in the wild.
# Confined animals who abuse themselves (banging their heads against the walls) are creating stimuli which their environment cannot supply. Dolphins
in captivity tend to develop stereotypical behaviors (swimming in a repetitive circle pattern, with eyes closed and in silence) because of boredom and
confinement. This is equivalent to the swaying and pacing of primates, lions, tigers and bears confined in cages.
# Dolphins are predators of fish and spend up to half of their time in the wild hunting for food. Supplying dead fish results in less exercise and
lack of mental stimulation, thus causing boredom.