Tourists at Orlando’s Discovery Cove marine park on Sunday received an unexpected lesson about the unnatural life and death of dolphins in captivity when two dolphins collided as they leapt out of the water during a trick. One dolphin, “Sharky,” died shortly after. Sea World dismissed the death as “an unfortunate, random incident” and shows quickly resumed.
Sharky’s death is even more tragic when you consider that, if not for the greed and arrogance of the marine park industry, she likely would have been swimming free in the ocean today. Sea World acquired Sharky in April 1982 after she was violently captured in the ocean and torn from her family for life in a concrete tank.
The death of this dolphin was an accident, but it should never have happened.