Keep in mind that Discovery Channel tends to sell out sharks and some of their shows do more harm than good to the reputation of sharks. So don’t believe those exaggerated horror shark attack stories and focus on the scientific aspect and on truly appreciating sharks because they deserve it. :)
“Yea but marine parks provide people an encounter they would never have in their lives and most people would never be that close to a dolphin or orca so they walk out with a sense of understanding and appreciation.”
My answer: Marine parks teach people it’s okay to enslave marine mammals just for their entertainment. Dolphins and Orcas do not behave like they would in the wild. A dolphin would never let people abuse their fins or touch them the way they do because that’s the ultimate sign of disrespect for a wild dolphin. The depiction of a captive dolphin misrepresents that of a wild one, therefore, what is being displayed is the illusion of what a real dolphin looks like. People walk out with a botched idea of a what a cetacean really is and this is done purposely to keep the marine mammal entertainment industry alive. Living in the era of widely distributed television service, you can always sit down and watch a documentary that depicts what wild cetaceans are. There are dolphin watching boats for those folks who live in coastal areas. Whatever we needed to learn from captive cetaceans we’ve learned already so it’s time to move on.
I think I’ll look for a picture of his glorious days and make it my computer wallpaper. Yup, that’s what I’ll do!