New ZealandView Artist
by Aaron Glasson
Cozumel, Mexico – July 2015
My mural addresses the topic of Dolphin Captivity and the importance of keeping animals in the wild. The state of Quintana Roo where Cozumel is situated has more than 50% of the country's captive dolphins and 20% of the global captive dolphin population.
Dolphins are highly intelligent creatures that live in complex social groups. Wild dolphins can swim up to 100 miles a day, hunting and playing. In captivity, they have very little space and cannot behave naturally, drastically reducing their lifespan and general wellbeing. In many "dolphin shows" the animals are kept in a constant state of hunger, performing tricks in return for food.
Please think twice before visiting one of these businesses, and instead support efforts to keep animals in the wild or rehabilitate captive animals.
Consider experiencing dolphins in their natural environment, the open ocean, and don't support marine parks that exploit these animals for human entertainment.
You can also support non-profit organizations such as Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).