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The Curaçao Aquarium - Not for Animal Lovers

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Last June, the Curaçao Animal Rights Foundation protested that the Aquarium had sent five dolphins by cargo plane to Saudi Arabia, despite the group having filed a lawsuit to stop it. Apparently the income loss from the pandemic led to their selling some captive dolphins. We had scuba'd past those remaining dolphins, not fit enough to travel but still regularly performing shows, and a single surviving shark, behind chain-link fences.

In 2019, people protested the captivity of a dolphin named Angel. According to news reports, the protests were sparked by a video that circulated online showing Angel repeatedly hitting her head against the walls of her tank, a sign of severe anxiety, at best. Furthermore, people have protested the Aquarium's environmental impact, arguing that it pollutes the surrounding marine environment and damages coral reefs....

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