Forced interaction with people can be stressful for dolphins and whales.
DOLPHINS DON'T BELONG
Sea Life Park is NOT a local company.
It is owned by an international multi-billion dollar conglomerate, London based Arle Equity, and is managed by Palace Entertainment which is part of Spanish based Parques Reunides, all under Arle Equity.
They are raking in a fortune on the backs - and lives - of our dolphins.
According to Save Japan Dolphins, a dolphin has the potential to bring in nearly $20,000 per day in a swim-with-dolphins program. That is a huge chunk of change, considering that Sea Life Park has several programs going, often simultaneously.
They are using our public land - land that belongs to the people of Hawaii and the U.S.
Sea Life Park sub-leases close to 50 acres from the adjacent Oceanic Institute, which in turn leases from the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The lease was renewed in October 2012 and their next option for renewal is in 2022.
They are required to pay a maximum of six percent of their income, and only from some revenue sources - which means that the people of Hawaii see little economic benefit.
Under the terms of the lease, Sea Life Park is permitted to have 'marine life' but there is nothing guaranteeing them the right to have marine mammals.