News from the Natural World: Dubai Dolphins flown in from the Solomon Islands demand to fly in first class.
News from the Natural World: Dubai Dolphins flown in from the Solomon Islands demand to fly in first class. For many years Dolphins have been captured from the Solomon Islands and flown to aquariums in Dubai. In 2007 alone, 28 Dolphins were sent to the Atlantis Palm Dubai. Dubai offers the perfect destination for people who give absolutely zero sh*ts about nature or anything vaguely natural. Ski slopes in the desert, Whale Sharks in aquariums and artificial everything. You name it, it’s fake or stolen from somewhere else. Dubai has offered the perfect destination for Dolphin smugglers. Not only do the buyers have deep pockets full of oil the consumers who they rely on to spend on their aquatic attractions are of a particularly vacuous disposition. But the Dolphins shipments have always been shrouded in secrecy. One human spokesperson insisted that, “We cannot disclose information about where we acquire our dolphins or details of the transport at this time as a matter of security.” The going price for a live Dolphin is reportedly about $30,000 per dolphin. But another human said he “would not reveal the identity of the importer or the price paid.” The Dolphin trade was further mired in controversy after the outcry over a consignment of 28 bottlenose dolphins sent to an aquatic park in Mexico. At least nine died. In the case of the Dubai Dolphins, one day before travel the carcasses of three bottlenose dolphins including a calf were found dumped near the exporters’ holding pen. Fast forward to 2021 and the Gulf States and Chinese Aquariums are offering a fresh level of hell for Dolphins. But we heard a rumour that the Dolphins were getting together to make some demands and challenge the vile trade.