Dart, The 12-Year Old Dolphin, Has Just Died At SeaWorld. The Latest In A String Of Deaths

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The average life span of a Pacific white-sided dolphin is anywhere between 36 and 40 years. But Dart, the male Pacific white-sided dolphin, was only 12 years old when he passed away this weekend at the SeaWorld San Antonio park, The Dodo reports.

SeaWorld announced the male dolphin’s death on Saturday, adding that “the exact cause of death has not yet been determined”. Apparently, he had been under constant veterinary attention for the past month for health-related issues.

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In their official announcement, SeaWorld described Dart:

Like many dolphins, Dart was high-energy, extremely playful, enjoyed participating in shows and interacting with his trainers.”

At the moment, it is still unclear what the cause of his death was. However, according to The Dodo, dolphins are often more susceptible to infections as they come into contact with people. When The Dodo recently spoke to PETA marine mammal veterinarian, Dr. Heather Rally, she told them:

             “They’re also being exposed to a much larger amount of bacteria [than wild dolphins are] because they’re being exposed to people who haven’t washed their hands.”

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  1. AUSTRALIAN DOLPHIN PRISONERS NEED YOUR VOICE

    Many thousands are speaking up for the captive performing dolphins trapped in Sea World Gold Coast Australia with the help of international and local celebrities but we also need your help and voice.

    Jane Goodall says “SeaWorld Needs To Be Immediately Shut Down” as does Carrie Fisher, Harry Styles, Sting, Bianca Jagger, Martina Navratilova, Anthony La Paglia, Simon Cowell, Shailene Woodley, Pamela Anderson, Olivia Newton John, Ricky Gervais, Lily Tomlin, Edie Falco, Steve Backshall, Bryan Adams, Matt Damon, Matthew Modine, Susan Sarandon, Kelly Slater, Willy Nelson, Cher,Rachel Hunter, Tommy Lee, Jennifer Aniston, Maggie Q, Nicholas Hoult, Montel Williams, Kim Basinger, Rob Zombie, Sir Brian May, Stephen Fry, Jessica Chastain, Paul Rudd, Woody Harrelson, Rita Wilson, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Lea Michele, Richard Dean Anderson, David Crosby, Courtney Cox, Dave Navarro, Zach Braff, Wynonna Judd, Kathy Griffin, Moby, Jessica Biel, Mariska Hargitay, James Gandolfini, John Leguizamo, Russell Simmons, Olivia Wilde, Scout LaRue Willis, Kelly Le Brock, Russell Brand, Joan Jett, Howard Stern, Aaron Paul (from ‘Breaking Bad’), Kathy Najimy, Olivia Hussey, Kathy Najimy, Niki Taylor, Hayden Panettiere, Mayim Bialik, Meg Matthews, Chet Faker, Wil Anderson, Todd McKenny, Christine Anu, Steve Kilbey, Marcia Hines, Sia, Tyson Beckford, Sinnitta, Ewan McGregor, Matt Goss, Leona Lewis, Angie Bowie, Steve-O, Conan O’Brien, Elvira, Josh Groban, Jason Biggs, Motley Crue, Arianna Grande, Krysten Ritter, Chloe Lattanzi, Sharni Vinson, Samantha Fox, Alexandra Paul, Gina Liano, Jonathan Coleman, Alyce Platt, The Veronicas, Tracey Spicer, Adam Zwar, Lincoln Lewis, Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Anthony Ackroyd, Livinia Nixon, Jane Barnes, Former Miss Universe Australia Laura Dundovic, Havana Brown, Simone Buchanan, Cheyenne Tozzi, Caitlin Stasey, Mike Carlton, Silvana Philippoussis, Ella Hooper, Bianca Dye, Barry DuBois, Arj Barker, Jamie Reyne, Peking Duk, Annalise Braakensiek –

    “The whole world is up in arms about Sea World and other aquaprisons. It’s time that Australians opened their eyes and became educated to the cruelty of trapping and breeding dolphins as money-making slaves for greedy businesspeople”.

    ‘SEAWORLD SHUT DOWN on Facebook. The First & Only Campaign Against Sea World in Australia’ .

    Trevor Long, Marine Science Director at Sea World Gold Coast says: “Dolphins aren’t some amazing creature, in the wild they just rape and rape and rape”. (Quoted from Gold Coast Bulletin interview January 2015).

    We love them rescuing cetaceans but we loathe them keeping dolphins as captives in their aquaprison.The dolphins need to be rehabilitated and freed or taken to a safe sanctuary/bay/cove paid for by Sea World to live out their lives without human interference.

    India, Croatia, Hungary New York, South Carolina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Nicaragua, Slovenia, Switzerland, Brazil, Poland, Luxembourg, Norway and the U.K have already banned cetaceans in captivity and so far there are over 19,900 signatures on the petition and a Facebook page with over 14,800 followers. Also on Twitter @seaworldisevil with over 9,000 followers. The dolphins have been caught from the ocean and brought to tanks/lagoons and are also bred in captivity where they are forced to perform for paying customers and given dead fish but only if they do tricks. All to make money for greedy Sea World business people”.

    Sea World Gold Coast Australia – Keeping dolphins as prisoners since the 70s”

    http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/seaworld-australia-please-tell-seaworld-that-we-demand-the-closure-of-their-foul-aquaprison-sea-creatures-forced-to-do-tricks-in-swimming-pools-it-s-time-to-say-no-to-animal-cruelty-in-all-forms

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