The average life expectancy of dolphins in the wild is 20-30 years, and when they live in captivity, these numbers shrink by at least 2 times. And some animals can only live in a swimming pool for several years. Without making it public, dead dolphins are replaced with new ones. Because the show must go on, no matter what. A number of countries have passed laws that prohibit dolphin shows, but in some other countries, these shows are still considered normal. It’s just that people often don’t understand what happens behind the scenes of these shows.
Bright Side figured out what perceptions people have who visit these parks. Often, the marketing done by these attractions convinces people that the animals are happy. After that, we compared these findings to real facts from the lives of dolphins, beluga whales, orcas, and other animals. It is possible that some (if not many) of these facts will seem shocking.
Myth № 1: Dolphins smile which means they are happy.