Two days ago was absolutely shocked to find four wild dolphins being held in a tiny pool at a resort called ‘Wake Bali” which faces the ocean at Keramas Beach in Bali.
After a friend had notified me upon seeing them on a surfing trip, I found this petition on change.org started by surf reporter Craig Brokensha. I then went down to personally see them for myself and was absolutely horrified at the conditions of the dolphins who were trapped in a tiny clouded pool, laying still and almost lifeless in the water.
I laid down next to edge of the pool to observe the dolphins, when they saw me they swam over and began to noticeable cry. This moment was absolutely heartbreaking.
The resort charges $85 USD for tourists to see the dolphins and $110 USD to swim with them in the pool. The Dolphins have been held there for over a year. The pool is approx. 10m x 20m in size. Not much bigger than an average back yard pool.
Through my social media channels @nataschaelisa and that of our Non Profit Organisation @modelsofcompassion we have in the last 24 hours managed to reach an enormous amount of people and get the attention of some very influential public figures and organisations. This goes to show the power of social media and the influence it can have in creating awareness and encouraging action. I can’t thank the 100K people enough who have signed this petition. If you haven’t, please do!
The dolphins look very unwell and the water they are in is cloudy and dirty. They will require rehabilitation before they can survive in the wild again.