Cancun, Mexico – November 2016
My mural focuses on dolphin captivity. Thousands of dolphins around the world are still legally held captive for human entertainment. In the wild, bottlenose dolphins are known to swim over 100 miles a day. In captivity, they are confined to small tanks, and they are trained to do tricks for food.
There are 29 captive dolphin facilities in Mexico, keeping a total of approximately 342 individual cetaceans. Of the Mexican dolphin parks, the state of Quintana Roo is, on the Yucatan Peninsula, is home to 67% of them all. Since 2008 11 new facilities have opened and dolphin quantities have increased by around 36% dolphin parks can be found in shopping centers, marinas, hotel complexes, zoos and in theme parks. Support freedom, not captivity!