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Doing it for the Dolphins

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If you could save just one dolphin, would you?
Heroic Tourism, supported by Sustainable Communities, are hosting a 2 day ethical tourism experience, exploring dolphins in tourism and discussing the alternatives.

Doing it for the Dolphins event, Heroic Tourism, South Australia
Source: Heroic Tourism Website

Day 1 is being held at the Adelaide Sustainability Centre on Franklin Street from 6.30pm on Wednesday 7th March 2018, with a showing of the multi-award winning 2009 documentary film "The Cove", (12A), followed by a hosted discussion with drinks and nibbles provided. Day 2 is the following Saturday 10th March 2018 with an early swim with wild dolphins, or watch if you prefer with the Temptation Sailing Cruise setting off from Glenelg at 7.20am.

Swim with Dolphins, Temptation Sailing Cruise, Glenelg, Adelaide, South Australia
Source: Temptation Sailing Cruise Website

If you haven't already seen this film, it can be a little difficult to watch, especially of the dolphins in captivity in Taiji, Japan but the passion and lengths that Richard O'Barry and his supporters go to expose the dolphin abuse and serious threat to human health is mesmerising.

2009 The Cove Film, Dolphins, Captivity
Source: Wikipedia

Ironically, Richard O'Barry was the head trainer for the five dolphins who collectively played Flipper in the popular TV series in the 60's. He spent 10 years capturing, displaying and training dolphins, but then the next 40 years undoing what he had done. Richard has done some incredible work all over the world with releasing those in captivity and educating the public to put an end to the abuse. Although he is now banned from Japan as a result of his exposure in the film, he continues to promote his Dolphin Project and seek support to increase awareness for every dolphin out there.

Richard O'Barry, Dolphin Project
Source: Dolphin Project

Australia does have its own captive marine animal facilities which regularly get featured in the media, with Sea World, Gold Coast being the biggest attraction and recently the Dolphin Marine Magic attraction in Coffs Harbour gaining attention after their youngest, 2 year old dolphin died in 2015. However, there are alternatives such as Monkey Mia in Western Australia where wild dolphins can be hand fed, and South Australia's very own Temptation Sailing Cruise that guarantees swimming with wild dolphins out at sea. But one question to ask is, even if these dolphins are free to swim away, if you factor in the potential for behavioural conditioning to influence free will, that's okay? Right?

Vistors enjoy Monkey Mia, Dolphin Experience, Western Australia
Source: Shark Bay Website

Entry to the film night on Wednesday 7th March is $10 on the door (no tickets) with food and drinks, and if you want to join the group on the Temptation on Saturday 10th March, you can book directly with them for a swim, or watch sail.

Join the discussion with others who feel the same about protecting these beautiful, and intelligent mammals and spend time enjoying their character and charm, especially before the water gets too cold!
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Why? Because dolphins in captivity needs more awareness
When: 7th March and 10th March 2018
Where: Adelaide Sustainability Centre, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: $10 for film entry plus Temptation Cruise cost if applicable
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